The Rangers were always going to turn to Alexi Ogando as part of their starting rotation in 2014. However, with the injury to Derek Holland the performance of Ogando could become a key aspect of the Rangers push for the playoffs (reports suggest that Holland could miss up to half the season after he needed surgery to repair damaged cartilage in his knee from a fall down the stairs at home – and I guess we should believe that story though it sounds fairly spotty if you ask this scribe). Will the righty with the big arm finally put it all together in 2014?
Looking at the numbers with Ogando you cannot help but be impressed. At least I was impressed, and if you know me you know that I'm usually pretty nonplussed about most things (short of vodka, ladies in heels, nachos, sports – you get the point). Here are thos career long numbers.
26-13 with three saves and 19 holds.
3.12 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 2.59 K/9, .225 BAA
Good stuff Mr. Ogando.
Note that he's seen time out of the pen in his career. Since the Rangers are using him as a starter in 2014, let's take a look at the numbers he's posted in the rotation.
48 starts: 19-12, 3.40 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 6.5 K/9.
Slightly worse than his overall work but still very solid work is it not? To compare, Hiroki Kuroda had a 3.31 ERA, a 1.16 WHIP an a 6.7 K/9 in 2013. Does that comparison put the exploits of Ogando into focus? Do you need your spectacles? You don't. Anyone who reads my work – shameless plug coming – is intelligent, so you get it. Ogando has been a very solid performer, someone who could be a strong fantasy assert if he could toss 180 innings.
That's the rub with Ogando though. He's never able to stay healthy. Through four years he's yet to toss 170 innings in a season. To be fair the Rangers have tried to manage his workload twice, he made 44 relief appearances in 2010 and 57 in 2012. The other two seasons in which he has been predominantly a starter he's averaged 136 innings piptched. Is his arm, one that was used heavily as a youngster, capable of handling 30 starts and 180 innings? It's an open question that dings Ogando's fantasy value substantially.
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