ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 29: Matt Harrison #54 of the Texas Rangers pitches to the Tampa Bay Rays on August 29, 2012 at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/Getty Images)
Matt Harrison, the Texas Rangers' most conistent pitcher throughout the season, has a chance to pick up his 16th win of the season tonight when the Rangers start a six-game homestand against the lowly Cleveland Indians.
To do that, he'll have to show some improvement over his last two starts. In his two outings before those, Harrison went eight innings each time out. In his last two outings, Harrison has barely eclipsed eight innings in the two starts combined, most recently going 4 2/3 innings and giving up five runs on eight hits against the Kansas City Royals a week ago.
The Rangers decided to give Harrison a couple of extra days off as he was supposed to start Sunday's series finale with the Tampa Bay Rays, who have owned Harrison throughout his career, giving him a full week between starts to hopefully re-charge his batteries.
On Monday, we talked about the possibilities for the Rangers' postseason pitching rotation and where Harrison stood — likely either No. 1 or No. 2. With Yu Darvish's tear of great starts recently, Harrison needs to keep up and tonight he'll take his 3.37 ERA to the hill in Arlington looking to start a new positive streak after a couple of rough starts.