Well, Dan Haren was better for the Washington Nationals on Monday, but it still was not good enough. Haren went six and allowed four earned runs against the Philadelphia Phillies and, of course, allowed a Home Run. It’s really getting late for Washington, and at some point something will need to be done.
Let’s face it; Haren has been a complete bust in a Nationals uniform thus far. Haren does have plenty of time to turn it around, but has given no signs whatsoever of doing that. Washington could come up with a phantom injury of some sort and have Haren go down to Florida and work on his mechanics, or they could release him, because his trade value as of right now is completely nonexistent. Haren has done everything that goes against his calling card as a pitcher, pitching up in the zone, walking batters and allowing a lot of home runs.
The emergence of Ross Ohlendorf has allowed fans to dream of days where Haren does not pitch in a Washington uniform and Ohlendorf takes his spot and pitches admirably, becoming the free-agent bargain deal of the year. Of course, that’s probably not going to happen, since Ohlendorf’s gimmick delivery is probably something that is tough to repeat and probably does not have the stuff to stay in a rotation. Regardless, Washington should consider another Triple-A starter. He’s a young lefty who has been Syracuse’s most consistent starter. His name? Danny Rosenbaum.
Rosenbaum is 5-3 with a 3.75 ERA in his 13 Syracuse starts, allowed 76 hits in 72 innings and striking out 41. In his Minors Career, Rosenbaum’s highest ERA is his Double-A ERA where he went 8-10 with a 3.94 ERA. Before that, Rosenbaum has never had an ERA higher than 2.59, which one would assume is what probably still has him in the Minors. All in all, Rosenbaum’s numbers throughout his professional career have been solid.
Calling up a guy like Rosenbaum simply cannot hurt Washington. There is a gaping hole in their rotation every fifth day, and Rosenbaum is young and has potential, whereas we all know what Haren will provide, which is usually very good. But with diminished velocity, Haren is not the same pitcher. With Rosenbaum, you get a pitch to contact pitcher who will probably allow some hits but will be able to keep the other team off the board.
Right now, Washington needs to exhaust some alternatives because it’s still early enough for them to try and pull themselves back into contention. One avenue they have exhausted is running Haren out there every fifth day. It needs to end.