Alexi Ogando (AP Photo/Sharon Ellman)

The Eighth Inning Blues


The Texas Rangers looked pretty good for seven innings last night. The game was tied 2-2, Joe Saunders had another quality outing, Jason Frasor came in and did his job, all seemed well in the world. Then, Alexi Ogando happened. Ogando now has an ERA 6.84 on the season after last night debacle.

“I wasn’t consistent at all,” Ogando said according to TexasRangers.com. “I couldn’t find the strike zone. My pitches were going everywhere.”
Ogando looked terrible, Neal Cotts, who has been having a good go of it lately, looked terrible, and Shawn Tolleson put the capper on the night by giving up a three run shot to Nelson Cruz.

So it wasn’t the Rangers night. It really wasn’t Alexi Ogando’s night. Ogando has now given up 19 earned runs in just 25 innings pitched. His problem has not been that he has been inconsistent, it is that he has been consistently bad. Alexi Ogando has a career 3.35 ERA, so what in the world is going on with him? Cotts has been better or late (except for last night) and Tolleson is young so I am not worried about him, yet. But I personally thing that Alexi Ogando is wearing out his welcome in a Texas Rangers uniform.

The Rangers couldn’t really trade him with the season he is having. He is really turning out to be this seasons Michael Kirkman, who has a ton of potential but disappoints at every tun in the majors. We are now in the third month of the season, and I see no signs that Alexi Ogando is going to get any better any time soon. Am I wrong? I sure hope so.

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