"It's important to get off to a good start," Harrison said. "If you can have a good first month, that builds your season. You want to have a good game every time out, but it doesn't work that way. Hopefully, it's more good than not."
Harrison had a consistent spring and comes into the season with confidence. He pitched a career-high 185 2/3 innings in 2011, staying in the rotation for the entire season. He worked on fine-tuning his pitches this offseason and making sure that his front foot was landing in the same spot on a consistent basis.
"I want to be sure I'm not pulling off," Harrison said. "If I pull off too early, I'm not hitting my spots. I watched video and worked on it at home in front of the mirror and made sure I was going up and doing it right."
Harrison also gained valuable experience in terms of how his body felt in 2011 logging all of those innings. The club skipped a start late in the season to help get him some rest.
"I want to make every start -- every starter does," Harrison said. "I wasn't able to last year. I had a little bit off a spot where I was getting tired and they backed off and skipped a start and it helped me a lot to finish the season. I shouldn't go through that again hopefully. After doing it for a full year, I feel good about my conditioning level."