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Dan Haren has been a bust as the Washington Nationals' fourth starter.
The 11-year veteran has a 1-3 record in four starts. That record isn't horrible, considering Ross Detwiler is 0-1 with a 0.90 ERA and Strasburg is 1-3 with a 2.92 ERA.
But Haren does not have a 0.90 ERA or even a 2.92 ERA.
No, Haren has a 7.36 ERA. Yes, you read that right.
And a deeper look into his 2013 statistics does not paint a brighter picture.
Haren has surrendered five home runs, and opponents are hitting .368. His 1.96 WHIP is 0.77 higher than his career average.
Haren has pitched 18.1 innings this season, never lasting past the fifth inning. Plus, Haren has already thrown 370 pitches. That averages to 92.5 pitches per start or 20.2 pitches per inning. That is the model of inefficiency.
One final statistic to put Haren's struggles in perspective: The Nationals are paying him $13 million this season.