In the midst of all the "Jim Edmonds is still alive" and "Kerry Wood's blistered vagina healing nicely" talk, there's one story that's just not getting enough press:
Rich Harden is absolutely fucking ridiculous.
He has 3 wins with the Cubs, but it's not at all his fault. Aside from last night's line of 7IP, 2H and 10K's without a walk, just look at these stats since he joined the Cubs:
|Aug 13||@ ATL||W 8-0||W||5.0||2||0||0||0||5||2||7||2||0||112.0||2.17|
|Aug 5||HOU||W 11-7||-||5.2||8||5||4||2||1||8||6||2||0||107.0||2.27|
|Jul 31||@ MIL||W 11-4||W||7.0||6||1||1||1||0||9||6||2||0||101.1||2.04|
|Jul 26||FLA||L 2-3||-||5.0||2||1||1||1||3||10||5||2||0||94.1||2.10|
|Jul 21||@ ARI||L 0-2||L||7.0||1||1||1||1||2||10||5||2||0||89.1||2.12|
|Jul 12||SFO||W 8-7||-||5.1||5||0||0||0||3||10||5||1||0||82.1||2.19|
That's just insane. Sure, he doesn't go the distance because he's injury prone, but you really can't argue with an AVERAGE of 1 ER and 8+ K's per outing. If you think Ted Lilly or Jason Marquis could come anywhere near that kind of production, you're not even close. Harden is possibly better than the great Zambino (although he can't work as deeply into games, and has some control issues at times).
Give Harden your love, Cubs fans, because you're going to miss this production when his arm disintegrates (Insert Mark Prior reference here).