Cardinals break Alexi Ogando's spell

St. Louis has made dominance of Rangers' top bullpen weapon disappear

Updated: October 23, 2011, 9:16 AM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Alexi Ogando who made opposing bats disappear in the first two rounds of the postseason isn't the same one throwing in the World Series right now.

And it's odd to see. Ogando is armed with a fastball that hums at 97 or 98 mph and usually finds the low part of the strike zone. Get keyed up to hit the hard stuff, and the slider will fool you. Ask the Tampa Bay Rays. Or the Detroit Tigers.

Ogando was the critical X factor for the Texas Rangers against those teams ...

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