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Rich Harden Keeps Cubs Relievers in Business. Should He Join Them?

Published by on April 18, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

Rich Harden has never been mistaken for a workhorse.

In 103 career starts, he's lasted a shade less than six innings per appearance. Even last year, when he stayed healthy enough to pitch for most of a full season, Harden averaged 5.92 frames on the mound in his 25 outings—the fewest among regular Cubs' starters.

That's fine for Joe Starter—the average MLB starter lasts 5.6 frames per turn—but meager for a pitcher of Harden's talent and pedigree.

Harden's game-by-game numbers further underscore his limits. The table below examines how frequently each of Chicago's starters pitched into or beyond the seventh inning, including Harden's starts in Oakland:


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