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Fangraphs On Rich Harden's Struggles

David Golebiewski over on Fangraphs takes a look today at the various indicators of Rich Harden’s extreme drop in performance this season. Harden has seen noticeable drops in virtually every area, from swings-and-misses to first pitch strikes.

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This paragraph probably best sums up Harden’s season to date:

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With 8.17 K/9 (his lowest mark since 2004) and a career-worst 6.17 BB/9, Harden owns a 5.77 xFIP. That puts him in the same sordid company as Brian Burres and Oliver Perez. Harden has been as valuable as a readily available Triple-A talent, coming in at exactly replacement level.

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