Saturday, August 20, 2011
Matchup: Alexi Ogando vs. John Danks
By Richard Durrett
The second game of the Rangers' three-game set with the White Sox features RHP Alexi Ogando and LHP John Danks. A quick look at the matchup:
Ogando (12-5, 3.33 ERA): He's trying to become the first Rangers starter to reach 13 wins this season and just the ninth Rangers right-hander to reach that mark over the last 10 seasons. ... He got a win Monday at Los Angeles, allowing four runs on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings with two walks and two strikeouts. Ogando benefited from the Rangers' big fifth inning (six runs scored). ... Ogando is eighth in the AL in opponent on-base percentage (.286). ... He has allowed a season-high eight hits in three straight starts. ... He is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA (11 innings) in three games against the White Sox, including one complete-game shutout in his lone start this season against them.
Danks (5-9, 3.95 ERA): The 26-year-old Austin native and former Rangers farmhand is coming off a solid start against Kansas City. He allowed two runs on four hits in six innings with four walks and six strikeouts in a 6-2 victory. ... Danks has quality starts in six of his last nine outings since the beginning of June. ... Danks made two starts against the Rangers in May and had one loss and one no-decision. He gave up seven runs (six earned) on 13 hits in 14 1/3 innings with five strikeouts and eight walks. ... Danks has a 3.13 ERA at home and 4.95 on the road.
Hitters: Several Rangers hitters have had success off Danks, including Elvis Andrus (5-for-11), Josh Hamilton (5-for-11), Nelson Cruz (5-for-14) and Ian Kinsler (6-for-22). ... Mike Napoli is just 3-for-18 with nine strikeouts against Danks. ... The White Sox are just 6-for-32 off Ogando. Gordon Beckham is the only Chicago player with more than one hit. He's 2-for-2 with a walk.