Numbers: Matt Harrison shuts out Seattle

July, 16, 2012
7/16/12
10:19
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ESPN Stats & Information went through Rangers lefty Matt Harrison's start from Sunday and took a look at why he was able to keep the Seattle Mariners' bats off-balance (thanks to Micah Adams, Doug Kern, Mark Simon, Jeremy Mills, Lee Singer and Gregg Found). Here's what they found:

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* Harrison brought the heat as his fastball averaged 93.2 mph, his highest of the season (previous average 91.8).

* He pitched to contact: 27 balls in play ties a career high and 24 of those came on pitches in the strike zone. The Mariners swung at 70 percent of pitches in the zone and made contact on 84 percent of those swings. All four singles that Harrison allowed were back up the middle into shallow center.

* He retired eight of nine leadoff hitters, and got the remaining one on a double play. Harrison had five innings of 12 pitches or fewer, including three of the last four.
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Martin Perez
WINS ERA SO IP
3 1.86 20 29
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Rios .333
HRP. Fielder 2
RBIA. Rios 10
RE. Andrus 11
OPSS. Choo .895
ERAY. Darvish 0.82
SOY. Darvish 23