Dan Haren hurt by power, speed this season

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers go for a second straight win on Friday night, with Dan Haren hoping to head into the All-Star break on a high note, turning around a two-month slide.

Haren had his best start of the season just two starts ago, allowing one hit and one walk in seven scoreless innings in a win against Cleveland at Dodger Stadium on June 30. But even with that start mixed in Haren has a 5.12 ERA in his last 10 starts, with 15 home runs allowed after allowing just three home runs in his first eight starts of the year.

But it's not just the home runs that have hurt Haren. He is tied for third in the National League with 18 home runs allowed this season, but he's also sixth in the league with 13 stolen bases allowed.

Opposing runners are 13-for-14 stealing this season against Haren, who seems to be morphing into the right-handed Ted Lilly right before our eyes.

Haren hasn't been particularly good at holding runners throughout his career, with an opposing 78.6 percent success rate against him. But in his first nine full years as a starter (2005-2013) he averaged 33 starts and 15 stolen bases allowed per year, with a high of just 21 in 2011 with the Angels.

If Haren makes 14 more starts in 2014 and keeps up his current pace, he will allow 32 home runs and 23 stolen bases. There have been 20 seasons by a Dodgers pitcher allowing 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases, the last by Lilly, who allowed 28 home runs and 35 steals in 2011.

The only Dodgers to allow at least 30 home runs and 20 stolen bases in a season are Jeff Weaver (2005), Isamel Valdes (1999) and Don Sutton (1970).

Haren this year against the Padres this season has allowed four runs (three earned) in 11⅔ innings in two starts, with 11 strikeouts and two walks.

Game info

Time: 7:10 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA

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