Chicago Cubs: Examining the back end of the starting rotation
By Paul Steeno
Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
DAN HAREN: 2-2, 4.78 ERA, 1.354 WHIP
In a pre-trade deadline deal, the Chicago Cubs acquired Dan Haren and cash considerations from the Miami Marlins in exchange for minor league prospects Ivan Pineyro and Elliot Soto. The Cubs went after Haren to shore up the back-end of their starting rotation after experimenting with a number of pitchers who all ultimately proved ineffective in this role. On Monday afternoon, Dan Haren recorded his first quality start with the Chicago Cubs. In seven innings of work, he surrendered seven hits but no runs while striking out five in the process.
For Haren, his success on Monday was about damage control. He gave up seven hits, but was able to get out of innings with solid pitches in timely situations. For the first time with his new team, Haren didn’t give up a home run–a significant accomplishment for a pitcher that has given up nine home runs in seven starts with the Cubs. When a statistician averages this number out across nine innings, it comes out to 2.6 home runs per nine innings.
Haren has pitched in seven postseason contests during his career. However, he has been susceptible to giving up the home run ball and pitches to contact(10.0 hits/nine innings). Haren isn’t ideal but he is the best option that the Cubs have moving forward.
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