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Struggling Dan Haren to have next turn skipped

Aug 17, 2012, 8:02 PM EDT

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It’s not hard to see why the Angels aren’t winning. Here’s how their rotation has fared since the All-Star break:

Jered Weaver: 5-1, 2.83 ERA
Dan Haren: 2-2, 5.04 ERA
Ervin Santana: 2-1, 5.06 ERA
Zack Greinke: 1-1, 5.54 ERA (since being acquired)
C.J. Wilson: 0-4, 5.61 ERA

Besides Kevin Jepsen, all of the relievers have ERAs over 5.00, too.

In light of his recent struggles, the Angels have decided to skip Haren’s next turn in the rotation. He actually pitched well in his first three starts after the break, only to give up 12 runs — 10 earned — in seven innings in his last two starts.

On Thursday, Haren surrendered seven hits, two of them homers, in 3 1/3 innings versus a Rays lineup that had gone 27 up and 27 down against Felix Hernandez the day before.

Haren’s troublesome back appears to be playing a role here, though he says it’s not as bad as it was earlier this season. The plan is for him to rejoin the rotation next Saturday against the Tigers. The Angels have Monday off, so they won’t need to replace him.

  1. biasedhomer - Aug 17, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    Seems like Haren is going back to his old ways of choking in the 2nd half. I thought he finally turned the corner.

    • hammyofdoom - Aug 17, 2012 at 9:59 PM

      I wouldnt call it “Choking” since wear and tear and people seeing him more times in a season probably has a lot to do with it, but you are statistically right actually. His pre and post all star stats are like night and day throughout his career

  2. hittfamily - Aug 17, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    Are they Going to skip Weavers next start too, because the Rays have shredded the dude. 3 IP 7ER and he left runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs in the 4th.

    • hittfamily - Aug 17, 2012 at 11:18 PM

      Yep, those guys scored too. 3 IP, 9 ER. You are welcome Justin Verlander (and David Price for that matter)

  3. jhorton83 - Aug 18, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Maybe it’s time to fire the pitching coach. It seemed to work out well when they fired the hitting coach earlier this year. And that was well-deserved too.

  4. bigjimatch - Aug 18, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Jeter is a first ballot hall of fame, but let not make a big deal of him hitting his 250th home run in his late thirties, or compare hime to one of the greatest hitters of all time.

    i am not the one saying Jeter will be playing in three or four years, that would be your fellow Yankee fan. if you don’t think cano is going to resign to a huge contract, then go back to his aloof ways, so be it.

    And lets be honest, the farm system hasn’t been anything special recently, save for cano and Joba, whose career managment promptly ruined soon thereafter. their free agent signings are hit and miss, just like anyone else, eexcept then can afford to bury thier misses and sign more.

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