Friday, September 27, 2013
Matchup: Alexi Ogando vs. C.J. Wilson
By Todd Wills
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers try to make it five straight wins when right-hander Alexi Ogando faces Los Angeles Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson at 7:05 p.m. Friday night on TXA Ch. 21 and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and Deportes 1540 AM.
Ogando (7-4, 2.93): Ogando pitched beautifully in his last start, throwing seven shutout innings in a no-decision Saturday at Kansas City. He allowed two hits and a walk while striking out five. ... Since returning from his third stint on the disabled list, Ogando has allowed one run and five hits in 18 innings. Opposing batters are 5-for-55 against him since his return. ... Ogando is 5-0 with a 1.98 ERA in his career against the Angels, the lowest ERA among active pitchers against the Halos. ... He is 4-0 with a 2.48 ERA in four career starts against the Angels. ... Ogando is 12-6 with a 3.17 ERA in 76 games at Rangers Ballpark.
Wilson (17-7, 3.36): The former Ranger has had an exceptional season, but he did see his nine-game winning streak come to a halt on Sunday against Seattle. He allowed three runs in 8 1/3 innings. ... Wilson is 13-2 with a 2.94 ERA in his last 19 starts. ... Wilson has struggled against the Rangers. He is 1-2 with a 7.92 ERA in seven career starts against Texas. The Rangers have hammered him to the tune of a .349 batting average and have forced Wilson into 19 walks in 30 1/3 innings.
Hitters: Rangers hitters have tortured Wilson, from Alex Rios (8-for-19, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs) to Ian Kinsler (8-for-16, 1 HR, 3 RBIs). Mike Trout (4-for-9, 1 HR, 6 RBIs) and Mark Trumbo (6-for-16, 1 RBI) have had success against Ogando. Former Ranger Josh Hamilton is 0-for-6 against him.