Who has the edge with postponed game?


ARLINGTON, Texas -- When weather impacts a playoff series, the natural question is: Which team benefits more from the change?

In this case, I think it's the Rangers. And here are some reasons why:

* Alexi Ogando is now available for Game 2. He threw 32 pitches (22 strikes) in two innings of work in Game 1 on Saturday.

"He would have been down today," manager Ron Washington said. "The fact that we're not playing today brings him back into play. Once again, we can get multiples out of him. We'll just see how things go and how bad the need is to push him."

Ogando has been a critical component of the Rangers' bullpen during these playoffs. In the ALDS, Ogando pitched the sixth inning in Game 2, the seventh in Game 3 and the eighth in Game 4, helping the Rangers advance. After his two scoreless innings in Game 1, he'll now be ready. It makes a deep bullpen even deeper.

* The Rangers also get this off day at home. They can spend time with their families, watch some NFL football at home and it simply delays their travel for another day. The Tigers will have to entertain themselves around the hotel and are away from home for an additional day. Isn't it better to be sitting at home?

* The delay didn't have anything to do with the Tigers' injury situation, but it didn't get better on Sunday. Magglio Ordonez has an ankle injury and is out for the season.

"We're a resilient team," manager Jim Leyland said. "Do I like this? Obviously, no. But we're a tough team. We'll figure something out and we'll get through this."

* One positive for the Tigers: Max Scherzer, who pitched to five batters in Game 5 on Thursday, gets an extra day of rest before his start.