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Adrian Beltre owns Dan Haren

Jul 21, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT


Adrian Beltre went 2-for-3 with a double against Dan Haren last night, continuing his career-long dominance over one of the best starters in baseball.

Beltre has now faced Haren in a total of 56 plate appearances and he’s batted .460 with 10 extra-base hits and six walks for a ridiculous 1.278 OPS.

What makes that ownage especially remarkable is that Haren is a right-handed pitcher who usually shuts down right-handed hitters and Beltre is a right-handed hitter who typically fares much worse versus righties than lefties.

Haren has held all right-handed hitters not named Beltre to a .256 batting average and .699 OPS for his career, while Beltre has hit .269 with a .776 OPS versus all right-handed pitchers not named Haren. Yet put them together and … boom!

  1. FC - Jul 21, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    When Matter meets Anti-Matter….

    • cur68 - Jul 21, 2011 at 1:04 PM

      uh, sorry FC, I know you’re being hyperbolic and all but the nerd in me has to take issue. Literally can’t help it. There isn’t enough anti matter in the world to make enough of an explosion so nothing much happens when matter meets anti-matter, unless my physics geek friends are lying to me. Its seems that if we assemble all the anti-matter we’ve been able to create and collide it with matter we’d get a juuuuust enough energy to boil a cup of tea. Now pure sodium meets water; THAT’s lively.

      I’m sure that “Haren” in Spanish patois means something like “Adrian’s Little Biatch”.

    • FC - Jul 21, 2011 at 1:11 PM

      Imagine if Beltre were made entirely of Anti-Matter, surely that’s enough energy for a nice boom.

      • cur68 - Jul 21, 2011 at 4:34 PM

        Ha! Well played, FC…

  2. Mark - Jul 21, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Makes sense when you think about it. Beltre isn’t a patient guy and Haren is always around the strike zone. He pretty much pitches to Beltre’s strengths.

  3. 18thstreet - Jul 21, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    I believe Dan Haren once touched Beltre’s head.

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