Cubs reply to Brewers trade with Harden

Tim BoltonContributor IJuly 8, 2008

It was bound to happen, and as quick as C.C. Sabathia jumped on the mound against Colorado, the Chicago Cubs have retaliated to the Brewers' move by getting Oakland ace Rich Harden on board.

With a solid 5-1 record this year and an impressive 92 strikeouts with a 2.34 ERA, Harden made his MLB debut close to this time in 2003. So far his most impressive start this season was against the fast moving Phillies where he struck out 11 over eight innings pitched and did not allow any runs.

Harden is just what the Cubs are looking for to stand alongside Dempster and Zambrano. This is turning it into an arms race between the division rivals. Sabathia for the Brewers got the win today against the Rockies allowing two runs over six innings pitched in Milwaukee's 7-3 win, Ryan Braun helping out with a three-run home run in the first inning off of the left-handed Mark Redman.