The Washington Nationals decided to make the move to sign Dan Haren in the offseason to replace Edwin Jackson in their starting rotation. The experiment has gone terribly for Washington as Haren is just 1-3 after losing on Monday night. Haren got a big contract for one season worth $13 million and the Nationals have got a pitcher who is failing to meet expectations.
You can add up all the problems with Haren this season and run out of fingers and toes in counting. Haren hasn’t pitched more than five innings in any starts and has given up at least three earned runs each time out. There is no way that you are going to win games when that continues to happen.
The team is obviously not going to get rid of Haren even after giving up ten runs in a little over nine innings pitched.Washington is basically forced to wait until Haren turns things around and who knows when that will be.
It isn’t promising, especially if this Nationals team does make the playoffs. If they need a fourth starter, it isn’t going to be Haren. There is no doubt about that because the team would likely turn to Ross Detwiler before having Haren on the mound in a high-pressure situation.
Washington was just 10-9 heading into Tuesday’s action and that is not where the Nationals were expected to be when this season began. There are going to be major changes at some point if Haren doesn’t improve soon, and that could mean moving him out of town.