An arms race broke out in the NL Central this week that might leave the Cards in the dust. They just don’t have a rotation that challenges their division rivals. Their best pitcher this year, Kyle Lohse is probably pitching way above his head. Expect him to come down to earth in the second half.
The Harden deal does bug me a bit, the A’s are in 2nd place in the AL West, only 5 games out. Seems a little premature to pack it in now, no? The trade deadline is still 3 weeks away. Maybe they’re afraid of being bit by another injury between now and then. A’s fans don’t seem enthused.
These trades should add to the fantasy value of both pitchers. Both guys change leagues and it’s widely agreed that unfamilairity between batter and pitcher usually benefits the pitcher. And in both cases the move is to the more pitcher-firendly NL. Further, both move to contending teams with solid offenses, which should mean a better shot at a W with each start.
One thing working against Harden is moving from Oakland’s McAfee Coliseum, where pitchers enjoy more foul territory (and thus more room for fielders to retreive pop fouls) than in any other Major League stadium. Notably, Harden sports a 3.38 road ERA this year compared with 1.79 in Oakland. Maybe it’s time for me to step up the trade effort again.