If he retires two hitters, Haren will establish new personal season standards in starts (35) and innings pitched. His career high is 229 1/3 in 2009 with Arizona. This is his sixth consecutive season of producing 216 or more innings, making the big right-hander from Bishop Amat High School and Pepperdine University in Southern California a throwback to the days when starters willed their way deep into games.
"I had a good bullpen [Thursday] and I'm ready to go -- but I haven't heard if I'll be out there," said Haren, who has continued his remarkable run of durability with 229 innings while going 11-12 for the D-backs and Angels. His ERA has returned to a normal Haren level -- 2.86 -- in his 13 Angels starts after reaching 4.60 in 21 outings in Arizona.
"In his bullpen he felt really strong yesterday," Scioscia said. "Based on how he felt in his last start, he didn't have his best stuff."
Haren was 2-0 with a 1.85 ERA in five September starts, holding opponents to a .168 batting average with 29 strikeouts in 34 innings. No wonder he wants to keep rolling right into the offseason.
Scioscia said Haren would have no input in the decision.
"Yes, he does," the manager said when asked if the pitcher wanted to pitch. The decision presumably will be made on Saturday by the braintrust of Scioscia, pitching coach Mike Butcher and general manager Tony Reagins, who is along on the trip.