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Wash: Holland, Harrison shouldn't overreach

3/18/2012

LAS VEGAS - Expectations are high for Matt Harrison and Derek Holland this season, which is no surprise considering they combined for 30 wins last season.

But Ron Washington doesn't want Harrison and Holland putting additional pressure on themselves. We all know how young pitchers can think too much.

All Washington wants is for each pitcher to do no worse than duplicating last season's performance. In 2011, Harrison was 14-9 with a 3.39 ERA while pitching 185 innings. Holland was 16-5 with a 3.95 ERA in 198 innings.

Harrison pitched well after the All-Star break, going 7-2 with a 3.84 ERA, while Holland was outstanding. He went 9-1 with a 3.06 ERA.

"I don't want them having 18 or 20 wins on their mind," Washington said. "If they set out to do what they did last year, they'll surpass it without even trying. If they repeat the number of wins they had last year, that's good enough for me - anything else is failure. I don't want them going backward."