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Dan Haren turns in another terrible start for the Nationals

Jun 22, 2013, 1:47 PM EDT

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Dan Haren‘s ugly season continued this afternoon, as he failed to make it out of the fourth inning against the Rockies and allowed six runs while recording 10 outs.

Haren actually struck out five and walked zero, but he served up his league-leading 19th homer of the season and now has a 6.15 ERA in 15 starts.

Haren also struggled for much of last season while pitching through back problems and combined during his last 33 starts–one full season, basically–he has a 5.49 ERA with 40 homers allowed in 182 innings.

This offseason Haren signed a one-year, $13 million deal with the Nationals in the hopes of getting healthy and returning to his old top-of-the-rotation ways, but at this point he might be in danger of losing his spot in the rotation.

  1. yahmule - Jun 22, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    40 HR in 182 IP. That is one hungry gopher.

  2. DiscountMescan - Jun 22, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Lucky for the Cubs he didn’t pass the physical.

  3. marshalltrading - Jun 22, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    It is time for him to be shutdown!! He was brilliant with the Cardinals and had a good stint with the Diamondbacks, but he has got a problem that needs to be dealt with. If he can get himself worked out, he should return to form. Still a fan!!

    • cohnjusack - Jun 22, 2013 at 4:22 PM

      He was brilliant with the Cardinals

      Actually, he was 6-10 with a 4.85 ERA with the Cardinals. I think you’re confusing them with the A’s, whom the Cardinals traded him to for the rotting corpse of Mark Mulder.

      That would go down as Walt Jocketty’s worst move…but then re-signing Mark Mulder to a $14 million deal for after posting a 7.14 ERA the previous season was actually worse.*

      *Not to say Jocketty was bad or anything. He just fucked up badly when it came to anything Mark Mulder related.

  4. nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 22, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    “at this point he might be in danger of losing his spot in the rotation”
    Some of us are sure hoping that is true. Nothing against the fellow, but he just isn’t getting it done.

  5. tanzkommandant - Jun 22, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    His contract is the only reason he hasn’t lost it already.

  6. sire2334 - Jun 22, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Man…he HAS to go.

  7. yahmule - Jun 22, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    On the other hand, souvenir hunters are enjoying his work.

  8. sumerduckman - Jun 22, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    I can’t remember which one of the tv bloviators/commentators of the past would refer to a pitch left over the plate as a “pizza pie’. As in, ” There goes another one out of the park! He’s really serving up some pizza pies today!”

    Well, Haren has served up more pizza pies this year than Papa John’s.

  9. dwdive - Jun 22, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Boy these comment boards have sure changed over the past 2 months… This team was supposed to win over 100 games and walk through the playoffs to the WS…. Nats fans were talking about this signing of Haren like it was the greatest signing in the offseason. Calling him a #2 pitcher on most teams and a #3 because the Nats had the best rotation in MLB…. Nothing like instant Karma and fists full of humble pie… This is a .500 team, and last year is looking like a fluke.

    • thelasvegaskid - Jun 23, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      They’re playing badly because Bryce Harper (one of the best players in all of baseball) is injured you idiot.

  10. scdocal - Jun 22, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Agreed

  11. baseballer28 - Jun 22, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    as soon as they start losing, all the “natitude” goes away…who ever would have thought.

  12. chc4 - Jun 23, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Nonsense. Harper’s injuries haven’t helped but they are playing sub .500 for many more reasons than that. Bullpen has blown leads. LaRoche, Espinosa and Span have been awful. And the starting pitching hasn’t been as good as advertised.

    And btw, the way Harper plays the game lends itself to injuries. If he doesn’t dial it back a notch he will always be hurt and never fulfill his enormous potential.

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