The smoking hot Rangers bring baseball’s best record into CoPa for a three game set of afternoon games. The Rangers are 8-1 and lead the majors in Home Runs, Slugging, OPS, oh, and ERA to boot. They recently took 2 out or 3 from Baltimore, in Baltimore, and the Orioles did not score a run over the last 16 innings. They’ve been playing pretty well.
Alexi Ogando makes his second career start today. His first went about as well as it could, as he allowed 2 H, 2 BB and struck out 4 over 6 IPs. He really only has two pitches, a plus fastball that was in the mid-90s through the 6th last week, and a good slider that he’s not afraid to throw on any count. What made him so effective as a reliever last year, and in his first start, was good location. You might see a change-up or two today.
JV goes for the Tigers. Verlander has dominated the Rangers in his career. In eight starts, he is 6-1 with a 2.37 ERA and 54 Ks in 49 1/3 IPs. Did you know that JV has the most wins in the AL since 2006 (74) and is second in Ks (975)?
If you are on the fence about heading out to the game, remember that Lower Baseline Box and Upper Box Infield seats are half-price through Wednesday.
Today’s AJax less lineup feature Don Kelly:
1. Rhymes – 2B
2. Boesch – LF
3. Ordonez – RF
4. Cabrera – 1B
5. Martinez – DH
6. Kelly – CF
7. Peralta – SS
8. Avila – C
9. Inge – 3B
Seems to me that Maggs is more of a #2 hitter these days, but JL and I disagree on quite a few things.