Harang to face Yankees for first time tonight
Aaron Harang has pitched in 304 games in his 12-year Major League career, but the one team he’s yet to face is the Yankees. Until now.
Harang gets the ball Thursday night for the final game of the Mariners three-game series in New York as he makes his sixth start since being acquired by trade from the Rockies on April 11.
“I didn’t really even think about it until yesterday,” Harang said. “I knew I hadn’t pitched here in Yankee Stadium. I’ve faced them in Spring Training before, but that’s always a little different. I’ve watched most of these guys before or maybe faced them on different teams over in the National League and stuff. I’m not going to change anything. I’ll go out and try to give us a chance to win.”
Harang is 1-4 with a 7.30 ERA, but has pitched better his last two outings with back-to-back quality starts against the Orioles and Pirates. He’s had four extra days since his last outing on May 7, however, thanks to a quirky schedule that saw three off days in the span of eight days. The Mariners kept top starters Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma in order and pushed back the rest of their rotation.
“That’s one of the minor adjustments you have to make,” Harang said. “Especially when you’ve got your one and two guys, you don’t want to give them a ton of extra days off. The 4-5 off day we had in a two week period was something weird, but you’ve got to keep your guys that are rolling hot you’ve got to stick with them and everybody else works around them. And that’s fine with us. It’s part of the game and part of knowing our role and what we need to do.”
Harang said he continued working on some minor adjustments in his delivery that have helped his last two starts.
“I feel good with how things are going. I feel we’ve kind of hit the nail on the head with something and now it’s just a matter of repeating that and keeping it going. I think that’s the biggest thing, just getting the repetitions to help me repeat that motion.”
Coming off last nights’ 12-2 win, the Mariners would love to carry their momentum into a series victory over the Yankees. It won’t be easy though, with Andy Pettitte on the mound for New York in the 4:05 p.m. game.