Nationals’ fans are understandably disappointed in Dan Haren’s poor performance last night. In his first start in a Washington uniform, the 32-year-old gave up four home runs, and six earned runs total over the course of four innings, earning the loss in what was ultimately a 15-0 blowout.
It’ safe to say Nats fans were hoping for more, to say the least. Haren was brought in to replace Edwin Jackson in the rotation, and was touted a former All-Star prepared to return to form after a 2012 season filled with nagging injuries. It’s easy for Washington Nationals fans to panic, but its important to remember that Haren had longer-than-usual rest prior to the start, and also, he was pitching against a really good team.
For what its worth, you may remember that Gio Gonzalez had a terrible Nationals debut last season as well. In his first start, he gave up seven hits and four earned runs in just 3.2 innings to the lowly Chicago Cubs. It may sound crazy to read now, but after that start there were dissenting Nats fans who touted the trade to acquire him as a mistake.
Let’s give this one some time.