Aaron Harang has flipped the script. One year after jumping around to three different teams in April, and only a month removed from his late Spring Training release from the Indians, Harang is enjoying a career renaissance with the Braves.
Harang, 35, leads the National League with an 0.70 ERA, has twice flirted with a no-hitter and has become the unlikely ace of the best starting rotation in the Majors.
But rather than seeing if Harang could once again defy convention, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez decided to chase history another day and pulled the ageless wonder after 121 pitches in seven no-hit innings against the Mets on Friday at Citi Field.
"I want to see him throw a no-hitter, but I think you get to a point where you have to worry about 25 more starts," Gonzalez said following a 6-0 Atlanta win, Harang's third victory of the season. "You have to worry about his longevity and all of that kind of stuff. I think we made the right decision. It doesn't matter who comes in and tells me different."
Despite being pulled from a no-hitter for the second time in his career, Harang appreciated Gonzalez looking out for him.
"You look back and appreciate those things where your manager is looking out for you and taking care of you, making sure you're going to make your next start and many more starts throughout the season," Harang said.
Harang will try to keep his momentum going against Marlins right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, who has recorded three quality starts in four outings this season. Eovaldi has exhibited better control this season, issuing only three walks in 25 1/3 innings.
Eovaldi entered 2014 with 3.7 walks per nine innings in his first three seasons. After spending Spring Training refining his curveball and slider while working on a changeup, the extra work has paid off so far for the flamethrower.
Braves: Bench players could start Wednesday
• With Wednesday's 12:10 p.m. ET start, Gonzalez indicated he might give some of his bench players a chance to play. He could choose to spell second baseman Dan Uggla and third baseman Chris Johnson with Tyler Pastornicky and Ramiro Pena, respectively.
Pastornicky has started just one game this season and compiled six plate appearances. Pena has started four games and batted .235 with a .316 on-base percentage in 19 plate appearances.
Before he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in June, Pena stood as Atlanta's most valuable bench player. Since homering during an April 11 win over the Nationals, he has gone 2-for-11 with three strikeouts.
While Gonzalez wants to get some of his bench players some action, he will also be looking to seal a series victory. The Braves have lost just one of their first six series.
Marlins: Yelich extends hitting streak
• Christian Yelich extended his career-best hitting streak to 16 games with a bunt single to open Tuesday night's game. Yelich has batted .373 with a .447 on-base percentage during this streak, which began on April 3.
Yelich's success has given the Marlins stability at the top of their lineup. The speedy outfielder's contributions to the leadoff role include his club-record 14 consecutive stolen bases to open his career.
• Tuesday night's 1-0 win over the Braves halted the Marlins' seven-game road losing streak to begin the season. The skid was a franchise record for Miami.
• The Braves have batted .197 with a .584 OPS through their first seven afternoon games of the season. Two of their four shutout defeats have come during day games.
• The Braves have won 14 of 21 games against the Marlins dating back to the start of the 2013 season. But they have won just six of 11 home games vs. Miami during that span.
• Marlins second baseman Derek Dietrich recorded a game-tying double in his first career pinch-hit at-bat on Monday. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Dietrich became the first Marlin to have an RBI extra-base hit in his first career pinch-hit at-bat since Jeremy Hermida hit a grand slam against the Cardinals on Aug. 31, 2005.
Joe Morgan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.