Sunday, July 28, 2013
Matchup: Alexi Ogando vs. Ubaldo Jimenez
By Todd Wills
The Rangers try to avoid a sweep in Cleveland when right-hander Alexi Ogando faces right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez at 12:05 p.m. Sunday afternoon at Jacobs Field.
Ogando (4-2, 3.13): Ogando makes his second starts since coming off the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation ... He'll pitched on four days rest after throwing 78 pitches in a start against the Yankees ... Ogando allowed three runs in five innings ... Ogando has allowed more than two earned runs only twice in his 11 starts ... He's pitched more than six innings only twice this season ... He has made eight road starts, going 2-2 with a 3.27 ERA ... He has limited left-handed hitters to a career-low .188 batting average ... Ogando has received one more or less of run support in six starts ... He is 3-0 with a 0.84 in eight games/two starts, his lowest ERA in the American League.
Jimenez (7-5, 4.49): Jimenez makes his 200th career start ... He had a three-game winning streak snapped on Monday at Safeco Field, allowing two earned runs in 5 2/3 innings ... He has allowed three earned runs or less in 10 of his last 11 starts ... Cleveland is 13-7 in his starts, winning six of eight and seven of the last 10 games he's started ... Jimenez will face the Rangers for the second time this season ... He allowed one earned run but needed 100 pitches to get through five innings.
Hitters: Adrian Beltre (6-for-14, 1 HR, 4 RBIs) and Ian Kinsler (4-for-11, 3 2Bs, 2 RBIs) have had success against Jimenez. The current Indians are batting .143 against Ogando. Asdrubal Cabrera has two hits in three at-bats against him.