Making his 10th start of the season on Sunday afternoon against the Washington Nationals, Aaron Harang again delivered a quality start, holding the opposition to two runs in six innings of work in a losing effort. In nine of his starts this season, the right-hander has yielded three runs or fewer while pitching at least six innings. He owns a superb 1.93 ERA over 65 1/3 innings this season.
Needless to say, Harang has pitched better than anyone — including the Phillies — could have hoped when he signed a one-year, $5 million deal on January 5. The factors leading to his success are rather obvious to pinpoint: he has walked fewer than six percent of batters, allowed only two home runs on 85 fly balls, and has limited opponents to a .258 batting average on balls in play.