ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The first game of this big four-game series with the Angels features RHP Alexi Ogando and RHP Garrett Richards. The game starts at 9:05 p.m. Dallas time on FSSW and 103.3 FM ESPN (and we will be chatting here on ESPNDallas.com). A quick look at the matchup:
Ogando (11-5, 3.22 ERA): The 27-year-old comes into this start (his 23rd of the season) tied for the team-lead with 11 wins and is ninth in the AL in opponent batting average (.227) and eighth in the league opponent on-base percentage (.282). ...Ogando is pitching with an additional day of rest thanks to Thursday's off day. ...He got a no-decision in Texas' 7-6 walkoff win over Seattle on Tuesday in Arlington, despite giving up six runs on eight hits in 2 2/3 innings with two walks and no strikeouts. The Rangers bullpen held the Mariners and Texas made a comeback, culminating with Josh Hamilton's walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth. ...Ogando is 2-0 with a 0.41 ERA (1 ER in 22 IP) in 10 career games against the Angels. ...Both of his wins came in his only careers starts against the Angels (he's got a 0.63 ERA in those outings).
Richards (0-1, 10.80 ERA): The 23-year-old from Riverside, Calif., made his debut last week at Yankee Stadium and showed some nerves, walking the first two batters and allowing a three-run homer to Curtis Granderson. ...He ended up allowed six runs on six hits, two of them homers, and had two strikeouts and two walks. ...Richards was 12-2 with a 3.06 ERA in 21 starts for Double-A Arkansas this season. He had 100 strikeouts and 40 walks in those 141 innings.
Hitters: Richards has never faced the Rangers. ...The Angels are hitting just .188 as a team off Ogando with Alberto Callaspo putting up the best average at .500 (3-for-6, RBI). ...Howie Kendrick is 1-for-10 off Ogando and Torii Hunter is 0-for-9 with 5 Ks.