Holland: Matt Harrison should start Game 7
October, 26, 2011
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com
ST. LOUIS -- Rangers manager Ron Washington reiterated Wednesday that if the World Series goes to a Game 7 (and that only happens if the Cardinals win Game 6 on Thursday), Matt Harrison will start that game.
Derek Holland would be available on regular rest and had the tremenous performance in Game 4, hurling 8 1/3 scoreless innings and keeping the Cardinals bats from doing much of anything in a 4-0 Rangers win. But despite the option that Mother Nature has now provided, the manager is going with Harrison.
"Harrison is my Game 7 pitcher," Washington said. "Harrison has been a big part of this team all year. I am not changing the things that I've been doing all year. That's why we are where we are and that's why I'm saying Harrison."
Holland agress with his manager.
"There's no need to change anything," Holland said. "Harrison's been pitching good for us all year, so why change anything now?"
Holland said he was told when the World Series began that he would be available in the bullpen early and late in the series with a start in Game 4. The rain gives him an extra day and he'll be ready to come in for relief duty if needed in Game 6.
"I got myself prepared and I was ready today to be called upon if needed in the game," Holland said. "I've got to keep the same mentality I've been having the whole time and go out there when it's my turn and do everything I can to help the team win."
Harrison, who gave up five runs (three earned) on six hits in 3 2/3 innings in a Game 3 loss, said it was nice to see his manager show faith in him.
"It means a lot," Harrison said. "It means he has trust in me to go out there and do the job and go out there and give us a chance to win. ...Game 7, if it comes to that, is do-or-die and I'll be ready to go. Hopefully, things turn out better than they did last year."