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Dallas Braden Shows Why He Will Never Be an Ace Of A Pitching Staff

Dallas Braden should be embarrassed with his performance tonight against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. This start also signals why Braden will never be an ace of a rotation. He will always be a third or fourth option on a ball club that actually wins.

Braden's first mistake of the night came in the second inning. After allowing an infield hit to Mike Napoli, he gave up a two-run homer to Kendry Morales. Morales, who is a switch hitter, had not homered this year from the right side of the plate until Braden served up a 3-1 fastball that was 89 miles-per-hour and was just asking to be hit.

The first question is what was Braden thinking when he threw that pitch? This situation is one where Braden should recognize that he could walk Morales. Yes, it would put runne...

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