There is no denying that Dan Haren was quite a let down last season as a member of the Washington Nationals, winning just 10 games, but the second half of his season was much better than the first.

Haren started 13 games after the All-Star break, winning 6, thanks to a 3.52 ERA. He struck out 70 batters in 76.2 innings pitched.

Haren credited the change to keeping the ball down more, and he did have a slightly lower fly ball rate over the last three months of the year, so that does check out. It’s also possible that Haren’s shoulder was bothering him early on, and the break helped.  - FanGraphs

The Padres have just 11 hits in the first two contests between the two teams and just 17 total bases, 8 of which have come on home runs by Seth Smith.  San Diego has struck out 19 times over those two games as well.
April is Haren's 2nd best month over the last 3 seasons, winning 7 of his 16 starts, owning a 3.13 ERA and has 88 Ks to 16 BBs.


Haren will oppose Tyson Ross, who is getting lots of love on the interwebs in this matchup.


Dan Haren has made 15 career starts against the San Diego Padres and is 5-4 with a 3.84 ERA.