ARLINGTON -- Left-hander Matt Harrison may have had the most impressive opening start of the Rangers' rotation, and there may be reason for that -- his willingness to work the inside part of the plate more.
It was noticeable in a 5-0 win over the White Sox on Sunday night as he pitched six scoreless innings. He allowed four hits and had three strikeouts.
"Once you have some success against some guys in, it shows that you're able to pitch inside," Harrison said. "Whenever that happens you're willing to do it more often. Once you start getting strikes in there, you start to open up the inner half. It's a lot better for you when command both sides of the plate and keep the hitters more uncomfortable."
Harrison also said pitching inside should help keep his pitch count down. He won his first three starts last season then struggled through a four-start stretch in which he had a 6.75 ERA and averaged just over four innings per start. Pitching inside can help that.
"It makes the hitters more aggressive and they're going to swing earlier in the count," Harrison said. "That helps for quicker innings. That allows you to get deeper into ballgames."