The Cleveland Indians open the 2014 season with new expectations despite many questions. The Indians’ 25-man roster will look different than the group that won 92 games and lost the American League Wild Card game to the Tampa Bay Rays. While the roster may change and the expectations grow, Cleveland will need answer many questions this spring before opening the season in Oakland on March 31. Today, we look at one of the Indians’ players who is in need of a bounce back season after a poor 2013.
Two seasons ago, starting pitcher Aaron Harang was coming off a solid season with the Los Angeles Dodgers. His 10-10, 3.61 ERA campaign of 2012 was the continuation of what had been a good career to that point.
After a 2013 season, however, in which Harang took a major step back, he now finds himself in Goodyear, Az. hoping to land a job in Cleveland’s starting five. A year ago, in 26 starts with the Mariners and Mets, the right-handed, 35-year-old was 5-12 with a 5.76 ERA. It was the worst season of his career. It is why a guy who twice won 16 games came so cheaply. It is possible he was starting to show signs of regression in his mid-30s. It is also possible that 2013 was a one-year blip. The Indians are hoping for the latter.