over the last three years: 90.5 mph to 89.8 to 88.7. Haren seemingly acknowledges that he no longer has a premium fastball and his focus has been more on location. In our opinion, one of Haren's problems is the he’s around the plate almost too much and with diminished velocity, he becomes fairly hittable.
"I think the last thing that any pitcher should do is try to add velocity, because location is a lot more important than velocity," he said. "Look at Scott Downs, he throws 88, 90 mph and he's [allowed] one run this year. He makes quality pitches down in the zone, and that's what it's all about at this level."
"I think I could, definitely," Haren said. "There's been times where I've kind of held myself back, or just some health issues earlier in the year. We're almost halfway through the year. I think I still have a lot of good days to go."