Don’t look now, but Matt Harrison is on quite a tear.
In his last two starts, Harrison has gone 16 1/3 innings (including a complete game shutout of San Francisco) scoreless, while striking out seven and walking just two. His WHIP over that span is 0.80.
Manager Ron Washington was asked in an appearance on ESPN Radio’s the Ben & Skin Show this week just why, in his estimation, Harrison was riding such a hot streak. Wash’s answer, in a word, was pride.
“I think Harry's pride got hurt maybe three or four starts before, when he was throwing the ball well and I came out of the dugout and got him. He didn't like that,” Washington said, via the Dallas Morning News. “He promised to himself that he was going to keep me from coming out of that dugout. He finally did it.
“Harry's been trying to complete a game and trying to stay deep in a ballgame for quite a while. He's focused. He's on a mission. He certainly has the will to be one of the best pitchers in the American League. I think Harry deserves a lot of credit. His focus is tremendous right now.”