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Saturday
Sep102011

Haren Loses His Cutter

Dan Haren of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim saw his ERA expand in his last starts.  His most popular pitch, the cut fast ball, seems to have abandoned him.  You can see part of the problem by looking at a map of the location of the pitch:

Dan Haren, cut fastball, 2011 through August 4th.Haren caught the strike zone with 52.3% of these cutters.  Since then, that percentage dropped:

Dan Haren, cut fastball, 2011 since August 9th.That chart shows only 41.7% of his cutters ended up in the strike zone.  With Dan missing the zone more, Haren is forced to come in with his cutter, and batters are waiting for it:

 

Haren's CutterThrough 8/4Since 8/9
BA Allowed .195 .316
Slugging Pct. .298 .592
Chase % .195 38.5
Called strike % .195 25.0

 

Haren gave up four home runs on the cutter through 8/4.  Since then he allowed five long balls.  Until he gets control of the pitch back, Dan will be vulnerable to the long ball.

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