In his three starts for the Texas Rangers, Matt Harrison the 6-foot-4 left-handed pitcher has had his ups and downs. While he managed to keep his ERA down, he did so without getting a win. Not only that, but he also gave up a scattering of hits. However, tonight, against the Colorado Rockies Harrison was on the top of his form, and showed extreme promise.
So far this season, the Rangers are attempting to stay atop the AL West, currently two games behind the Oakland Athletics, and are going to need some solid pitching if they are going to make it through the season. And, if tonight was a foreshadowing at things to come, Harrison could fit the bill.
The Rockies have been on a tear lately, winning seven of their last ten and sitting only a half game back in the NL West, but Harrison shut them down with ease. He only pitched 5.1 innings, but did so masterfully, giving up no runs and three hits. He did walk four, which could use improvement, but the start showed great promise. Harrison has only had three starts, and while his first two outings were losses, tonight’s performance showed he might just be warming up. That being said, things went his way tonight and he will need to show that he has the ability to keep games under control if they start to slip away.
Cooling off the Rockies is an impressive feat, and could be a sign that Harrison could be a pitcher than the Rangers want in the months to come.