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Saturday, June 25, 2011
Matchup: Alexi Ogando vs. Jonathon Niese

By Richard Durrett

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The second game of this three-game series features RHP Alexi Ogando vs. LHP Jonathon Niese. Here's a look at the matchup. The game starts at 3:10 p.m. on Fox.

Ogando (7-2, 2.66 ERA): The 27-year-old isn't worried about the heat (as we discussed earlier in the blog), which bothered him enough in Atlanta that he needed to get fluids through an IV after the game. ... After starting the season with seven straight wins, Ogando has lost two straight and has a 9.45 ERA in those two outings, moving his ERA from 2.06 to 2.66. ... His loss in Atlanta on Sunday was a tough one as he pitched well enough to win but didn't get much help, including two errors in the third inning which hurt his pitch count. ... Both of his losses are on the road. Ogando is 5-0 with a 1.91 ERA at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington in 2011. ... He has never faced the Mets.

Niese (6-3, 3.70 ERA): In his last start, Niese, 24, gave up five runs (four earned) and allowed eight hits, tying a season-high, in four innings of work. ... He did not walk a batter for the second time this season. It was Niese's shortest outing of the season. ... He is 2-1 with a 5.40 ERA in four career interleague games (21 2/3 innings). ... He has never faced the Rangers.

Hitters: The only Rangers batter Niese has faced is Yorvit Torrealba, who is 1-for-5 with a double off him. ... Ronny Paulino is the only Mets hitter to face Ogando, and he was 0-for-1.

Upcoming matchup:

Sunday vs. NYM: LHP Derek Holland (6-2, 4.69 ERA) vs. RHP Dillon Gee (7-1, 3.21 ERA), 2:05 p.m., FSSW/ESPN 103.3 FM