This season has been a trying one for the D-Backs – particularly All-Star pitcher Dan Haren. Through 12 starts this season Haren is tied for the NL lead in innings pitched and has the third best ERA in the NL at 2.33, puting him on pace for one of the best seasons in his career. However, following Arizona’s 18-inning 9-6 win over San Diego on Sunday – a game which he started – Haren left without speaking to reporters. The reason? His teammates hate him.
OK so maybe it isn’t THAT obvious – but for the second straight start Haren left the game after 7 innings having surrendered just 1 run and in possession of a multi-run lead (6-1 yesterday and 5-1 on June 2nd against the Dodgers) and for the second straight game he received a no decision. The Padres scored 5 in the 9th off the D-Backs bullpen to send the game into extras and rip a win from Haren. In fact this has been a bit of a season long theme for Haren, who for all his All-Star level statistics has just 4 wins to his credit.
Now I know it must be difficult for the D-Backs (save for Justin Upton) to be in the presence of someone who plays baseball professionally at a major league level for a living – but would it kill them to protect a lead for Haren? Don’t answer that – it probably would.
A few more performances like that and Haren is going to blow right past ignoring the media and straight onto the Brandis freeway (I’d love to work in a David Carradine joke here but Zim has the market cornered). To be honest though the whole thing is incredibly overblown. I’m not necessarily convinced Haren was blowing off the media as much as he was just ridiculously bored from having to watch 18 innings of baseball between two under .500 teams from the NL West. D-Backs fever baby! Catch it.