That'll again be the case Monday night when Haren and the Dodgers host the Cleveland Indians looking for a third straight win and sole possession of first place in the NL West.
Los Angeles (47-37) caught slumping San Francisco with Sunday's 6-0 victory over St. Louis, giving it victories in 10 of 13 to overcome a hole that was 9 1/2 games June 8.
"When we were struggling early, I think everyone knew in the back of their minds that we could turn it around," Kershaw said. "Coming back and tying up the Giants in a month is not something we expected, just like we didn't expect to go 42-8 last year, but we have that ability."
Ten of Haren's 16 starts have followed Kershaw's, and this one marks six straight with an opportunity to string together wins for Los Angeles. Haren (7-4, 3.83 ERA) and the Dodgers have gone 3-2 in the first five of those games.
The right-hander is 2-0 in his last four starts, though his 4.98 ERA in those outings leaves plenty of room for improvement.
In Wednesday's 5-4 win in Kansas City, Haren allowed four runs in 4 1-3 innings for his shortest outing of the season. After making it through at least six innings in 11 of his first 12 starts, he's failed to do so in three of four.
"I'll be better, I'm confident," Haren told MLB's official website. "I'm healthy, but the results haven't shown. I'll get back to pitching the way I was the first month. I'm confident I can do that."
His control hasn't wavered much with two or fewer walks in 10 straight starts. Dodgers starters have walked two or fewer batters in 33 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in a century behind Minnesota's 36-game stretch in 2005.