Thursday, June 24, 2010

He Pitches, He Wins

Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington has a secret weapon, and no it's not the nose candy, rather it's relief pitcher Alexi Ogando. Never heard of him? Well, you're about to. The rookie has pitched in only 3 games, but he got the W in all 3 games. That's not unusual for a starting pitcher, but for a relief pitcher to win 3 straight appearances, let alone the first 3 appearances of their career, well, that's just uncanny. Uncanny because he's put in a leverage situation where he's allowed to pick up the win, and uncanny because about half of relief pitchers go an entire season without 3 wins.

2010 Ogando MLB Stats- 3 g, 3 w, 6.1 ip, 6 k, 0.00 ERA, 0.79 WHIP.

The 26 year old slender righty (6'4" 185 lb) has been a stud in the minors over 4 seasons. 11-3, 59 g, 111.2 ip, 156 k, 1.37 ERA, 0.93 WHIP. So the success isn't completely unexpected, but then again it sorta is.

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