LOS ANGELES -- With Dodgers starters Hyun-jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy sidelined and the team having already used nine different starting pitchers in 2015, the absence of Dan Haren looms large in Los Angeles. But aside from missing the mound contributions of the man the Dodgers are paying $10 million this year to pitch for the Marlins, the Dodgers will also miss Haren's contributions at the plate.
Haren is a relatively-modest 2-for-13 (.154) this season, but he also has a double and has driven in two runs. His career .529 OPS ranks 11th among all active pitchers with at least 50 career plate appearances.
Haren with the Dodgers in 2014 hit .185/.228/.204, which doesn't sound that good until considering that National League pitchers hit a collective .124/.156/.155 last year. Haren also walked three times and drove in five runs in 2014.
Dodgers pitchers in 2014 hit .163/.207/.218, leading the NL in on-base percentage, batting average, OPS, total bases (68), doubles (12, tied) and walks (16), and were second in slugging percentage.
This year, Dodgers pitchers rank 14th among 15 NL teams with a .205 OPS. They are just 3-for-60, hitting .050/.121/.083.
Mike Bolsinger, recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to start on Tuesday for the Dodgers, is 2-for-21 (.095) with eight strikeouts in his MLB career.
The two Dodgers who have faced Haren the most each have 52 plate appearances against him. Andre Ethier is 21-for-50 (.420) with five doubles and two home runs against him, and Adrian Gonzalez is 13-for-48 (.271) with three home runs and two doubles.
Bolsinger has faced only three Marlins in his career. Dee Gordon, who had his 13-game hitting streak snapped on Monday, is 2-for-3 against Bolsinger. Michael Morse is 1-for-3 with a double, and gets the start at first base. Haren is 1-for-1 with a walk.