Anyone who thinks Matt Harrison is the #3 guy in the playoff rotation probably needs to look again. How is he NOT #2? Only Yu Darvish looks sharper right now. Those two are the guys I want out there the most if the Rangers make the post-season for the third time. But enough about the post-season. There’s still some work to do.
Harrison did his part today. And so did the defense. Through 8.2, he threw 119 pitches, including 80 for strikes. Much of his success today came from three double plays. He started two of those himself, including a GEM in the 7th. He also had five strikeouts and no walks (my favorite stat from a pitcher). The only run he gave up was a longball to Justin “Ranger Killer” Smoak. No big deal, Matty.
The Rangers’ offense didn’t give Harrison much to work with in the form of run support either. Adrian Beltre belted a solo shot to left in the 4th, and then David Murphy scored on a Mitch Moreland double in the 5th. But that’s it.
I really wanted Harrison