OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 02: Matt Harrison #54 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum on October 2, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
While Yu Darvish grabbed most of the headlines and fanfare (and rightfully so) for the Texas Rangers' pitching staff in 2012, he wasn't the best pitcher on the team, not according to the local chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, anyway.
The association named Matt Harrison as the Rangers Pitcher of the Year for 2012 on Tuesday, following up their vote for Adrian Beltre as the team's MVP of the season that came to such an unceremonious end. Harrison was definitely deserving of the award after he provided a calming force and a steady hand to a rotation that had its fair share of injuries and struggles.
The lefty went 18-11 with a 3.29 ERA in 32 starts and finished third in the AL in wins and complete games.
Next season, Harrison will be relied upon to either be a No. 2 or a very strong No. 3 if the Rangers go out and get a frontline starter in trade or free agency.