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Dan Haren's struggles continue against Rockies

May 28, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

Dan Haren recovered from a three-run first inning last night to hold the Rockies scoreless for the next four frames, but then back-to-back-to-back homers by Seth Smith, Carlos Gonzalez, and Ryan Spilborghs knocked him out of the game.
Haren has a great 76/15 K/BB ratio in 74 innings overall this season, including six strikeouts and no walks Thursday, but has served up an MLB-leading 16 homers and is now 9-9 with a 5.12 ERA in 25 starts dating back to last year.

  1. Mike G. - May 28, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    The D-backs announcers said that Haren’s arm slot has been lower this year than in prior years. Watching the game, I did see that on some pitches. Could be entirely mechanical. Of course it could be him trying to work through some kind of pain.

  2. 9-Pin - May 28, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    I also was wondering if Haren was trying to pitch through some pain. If he is hurting, he needs to take time to get right. Pitching like that isn’t helping the D-Backs. If it is purely mechanical, Stottelmeyer needs to get his act together and coach his pitchers. See also – the bullpen. Our pitching has gotten progressively worse since he took over. I don’t know if it is just talent level, or if he is not effective. But something needs to change with the pitching. Like a month ago.

  3. APBA Guy - May 28, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    It’s all part of the universal conspiracy to reinforce the genius of Billy Beane. Haren was the one trade that very, very few of us A’s fans fully accepted. We understood about Giambi ($ 16M per year). We understood about Miggy (Crosby was $ 400k per year to Miggy’s $ 12M). We understood Zito, Mulder, and Hudson. But Haren?
    The A’s could have afforded his first contract (if you can pay Piazza, Sheets, et al, $ 10M annually you can pay that to Haren). And a few more AAA players doesn’t offset a proven young pitcher.
    And Haren was fabulous for a year and a half with the D’backs, making the move all the more questionable. How much better would he have pitched in homer unfriendly Oakland?
    But now Haren is struggling. And if there’s a physical issue…It must be a conspiracy. Neyer implied in his chat last week that Beane doesn’t seem to be 100% committed to baseball anymore, that he, along with the owners, are happy to let things in Oakland slide. It would reinforce the legend too much if Beane saw this coming even with 50% attention to baseball.
    But for Haren’s sake I hope it’s just a random sequence, something he can fix with some video work and side sessions.

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