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:
Haren caught the strike zone with 52.3% of these cutters. Since then, that percentage dropped:
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 Cutter||Through 8/4||Since 8/9|
|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.