The sun hasn't set for Haren yet The sun hasn't set for Haren yet

Dodgers 4, Braves 2: Dan Haren Good? Again?

This recent tour of the back end of the rotation has been as successful as the Dodgers could hope for. Dan Haren continued the run of good fortune, helping to lead the Dodgers to a 4-2 victory.

Haren was … not terrible, but there were still remnants of the “old” Haren on display. He gave up a home run to B.J. Upton in the fourth inning, for example. He also loaded the bases in the second inning, all three runners reaching base with two outs. He finally escaped the jam against Mike Minor, the opposing pitcher. Haren still missed over the plate and gave up some non-damaging long fly balls, too.

However, Haren struck out the first two batters in a row (!), on his way to seven for the night. Haren induced nine swinging strikes in six innings and 97 pitches, a rate of 9.3%. So far this season, Haren has only had three other starts with a better swinging strike rate than he had tonight. The Braves are known to whiff a lot, but Haren will still take the good result. The only other run scored on a double which tipped off of Yasiel Puig‘s glove. Including the whiffs and the one walk, it was a job well done.

On the other side of the ball, Mike Minor was pretty good, too. He struck out seven and walked one in 6-2/3 innings. However, he still managed to give up three runs, mostly due to luck on the Dodgers’ side. In the second inning, Justin Turner was hit by a pitch and Juan Uribe singled, bringing up Darwin Barney for his second Dodger plate appearance. Barney blooped a single into right field, aided by a rare defensive mistake by Jason Heyward, who broke in the wrong direction. To add insult to injury, the Dodgers scored on a Yasiel Puig groundout and a Matt Kemp bloop single (off of Tommy La Stella‘s glove) in the fifth inning.

That Kemp single was good enough to put the Dodgers ahead for good, though Darwin Barney added an insurance run in the ninth inning on an error and a wild pitch. The bounces have really gone in the Dodgers’ direction in the last couple of games. Brian Wilson had another good inning and now has a 2.64 FIP since May 16th. Carl Crawford had a decent day at the plate despite the lefty starter, going 3-for-4 with a walk. Darwin Barney made a great play on defense behind J.P. Howell, which was dropped by Scott Van Slyke (who turned a great double play on the next batter). Barney had a great defensive day in general, also making a spinning catch on a bloop into right field with Kenley Jansen pitching. Jansen closed out the game with two strikeouts in a perfect ninth inning.

So, two of the Dodgers’ worst pitchers have gone in the last two days, and the Dodgers came up with wins in both games. Tomorrow, Hyun-jin Ryu will try to follow up Haren and Kevin Correia‘s success. He’ll face Braves starter Ervin Santana at 4:10PM Pacific Time.


About

Daniel Brim grew up in the Los Angeles area and remains a Dodger fan despite currently residing in Salem, MA. As an engineer, he’s fascinated by the math and science behind the game of baseball, which probably explains a lot. He started “Blog To The Score” in late 2013 to dig deeper into the numbers behind the Dodgers. In its brief lifespan, it gained attention from local and national media. You can find him spending too much time in the comments section or on Twitter.


382 comments
FirTree7
FirTree7

Going to an under 20 Women's World Cup match today in Toronto...New Zealand vs. Costa Rica.  Hella pumped

Jeremy_N
Jeremy_N

somebody on twitter added me to their list called "because he's a nice guy". i'm weirded out.

Hoze
Hoze

http://i.imgur.com/wUHJMKZ.png


If the season were to end today, these would be the 10 teams moving forward followed by a offensive, SP and RP metric. I think the Dodgers are looking pretty good. I would still love to have Papelbon to maximize advantage of high-leverage innings..

Subtle Euphemism
Subtle Euphemism

I enjoy how Grant has made schadenfreude into a pasttime and not just a fleeting moment. 

M-P
M-P moderator

@- Casey - I'll admit I didn't click through, but from everything I've heard that headline is pretty misleading. I believe the Mets have always said he wasn't pitching this year.

- Casey -
- Casey -

@Mike Petriello @- Casey - The article never mentions the Mets planning for him to pitch this season, but it says that Harvey had pushed to pitch "even one inning" this year. 

- Casey -
- Casey -

@DBrim Is it surprising that he started using the data while with the Rays?  


No.

Casey Goldman
Casey Goldman

Six game lead in the division.  Six games.  That has to be the largest lead the Dodgers have had this year, right?

insideThePark
insideThePark

so he is shut down for 2 weeks, would probably need a rehab assignment... or two.

See you at the end of the month, Josh!

insideThePark
insideThePark

if Don wanted to get real cute, he would have Fausto pitch on Wednesday and have Ryu go on Thursday.

666foldemort
666foldemort

To think, the Padres could be a bigger threat to us than the Giants in the standings. Delicious.

ZaidiWizard
ZaidiWizard

the Giants were going to beat Chris Sale?

No

God, no

(Ha ha, no)

No?

Sorry!

The correct answer is No.

ZaidiWizard
ZaidiWizard

I laughed

The Giants are just a half-game out of the second wild card spot. They're ... these idiots are ... I can't believe it, either"

W (Puig Expert)
W (Puig Expert)

Baseball. Carl Crawford starts against a lefty and goes 3/4. 

TheConman
TheConman

some good KNBR caller tonight

W (Puig Expert)
W (Puig Expert)

I just hope this team plays well in the playoffs. It would suck to get there and go through one of our patented Dodger slumps. 

just Paul
just Paul

I want my schadenfreude, dammit. 

insideThePark
insideThePark

After the Brewers, the soft part of the schedule is coming up.

Happy to get the series win tomorrow so Donnie can put in the house money lineup on Thursday

dappler218
dappler218

Too bad the Cards traded away Joe Kelly....I was really hoping for a rematch of the '13 NLCS and Kershaw drilling Kelly as payback for breaking HanRam's ribs last year.

insideThePark
insideThePark

I wanted the Stand Off Pt. II with a 24-hour game delay.

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

must put the giants down like a rabid squirrel.