Dan Haren couldn't ask for a better opponent to face as he tries to avoid losing five straight starts for the first time.
The right-hander will take the mound Thursday night when the visiting Los Angeles Angels open a four-game series with the Seattle Mariners, a team Haren has dominated like no other in his career.
Haren is 10-5 versus Seattle for his most wins against any club, and his 2.60 ERA in 19 starts versus the Mariners is his best against any opponent he's faced more than nine times.
Haren, 4-2 with a 2.27 ERA in nine starts at Safeco Field, is looking to continue his dominance of the Mariners (21-25) after losing a career high-tying fourth consecutive start Saturday night in San Diego.
He pitched well enough to win, allowing three runs and striking out five over 6 2-3 innings, but the Angels (20-25) again struggled offensively in a 3-2 defeat. Haren (1-5, 4.37 ERA) also lost four starts in a row April 23-May 9, 2005, while with Oakland.
"I'm better than this," said H...