RAmst23 wrote:Like many have said, including myself, Haren along with Blanton and other young starters are just that, young starters. There will be patches when they are inconsistent and get hit hard. I'm willing to bet Haren will have 3-4 dominant starts at some point this season, but overall his numbers will be about average. Just realize that with any young guy the good will most certainly be mixed in the with bad.
Yeah, ERA's can really be a little deceiving this early in the season. The 5.50 isnt looking too flattering right now. But he has pitched pretty well if you disregard the two starts that he got roughed up in against Texas and Anaheim (both above average offenses). This was the same as his ERA last year, break it down and he had a very good year disregarding the occasional implosion.
Using the DIPS spreadsheet (courtesy of Pedantic), it indicates his DIPS ERA is around 4.37. So not great, but is around average.
Of course im still optimistic, he's an A.