In his Mets debut, Aaron Harang pitched six innings and allowed just four hits. However, three of those hits were home runs, resulting in a loss to the Nationals on Thursday. He struck out 10 Nationals.
“Two of them were just bad pitches,” Harang said, according to ESPN New York. “Besides the two mistake pitches, I felt really good about my day.”
Harang, 35, went 5-11 with a 5.76 ERA in 22 starts this year for the Mariners. He was designated for assignment by Seattle in late August. The Mets signed him a few days later, assigned him to Triple-A Las Vegas and promoted him this past weekend.
Harang went 10-10 with a 3.61 ERA in 31 starts for the Dodgers in 2012.
Michael Baron, ContributorHarang is clearly pitching for his next contract, most likely with another club. He was fine in his Mets debut and did what he has done throughout his career: threw strikes, induced flyballs, and was serviceable in his start. He’s going to give up home runs – the hope is they come in similar situations to yesterday with nobody on base. If he can do what he did yesterday through the rest of the year, he will have served his purpose to eat necessary innings to get to the finish line. He will also help his cause in free agency this winter as a possible back-end starter.