ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 28: Matt Harrison #54 of the Texas Rangers pitches in the fourth inning during Game Seven of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on October 28, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Matt Harrison showed on Sunday night why the Texas Rangers put the faith and confidence him heading into this season, throwing him ahead of their big splash of an acquisition Yu Darvish in the starting rotation.
Harrison looked the part of ace on Sunday, pitching on national television as the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball game and going six scoreless innings with two walks and three strikeouts and never really getting in much of a jam.
Harrison's performance was full of groundball outs, which is what he excels at.
On Saturday, Derek Holland showed Rangers fans that last year wasn't a fluke. He was phenomenal over the second half of the season and was wildly inconsistent over the first half. He said prior to the season one of his big goals for this year was not to replicate his second half dominance, but just to be more consistent and give his team a chance to win in each of his starts.
On Saturday night, he did just that. Holland wasn't outstanding, but he was good, and good enough to give his team a good chance to win a game, turning in a quality start with six innings pitched with three runs allowed on three hits and three walks. Joe Nathan ended up taking the loss in the ninth when he gave up a solo homer to Alex Rios as the Rangers lost 4-3.
Of course, on Friday, Colby Lewis was dominant as his plus-plus slider was throwing the White Sox's hitters off all day as he finished with nine strikeouts in six innings with two runs allowed en route to a Rangers victory.
So overall, it was a great Opening Weekend for Rangers' starters. The baseball world will be watching tonight to see if that string of good outings can continue.