Alexi Ogando spent nearly all of this season in the Rangers’ rotation, throwing 167 innings with a 3.56 ERA in 29 starts, but his last appearance came as a reliever and he’ll be working out of the bullpen during the playoffs.
Ogando had never started prior to this season, so the bullpen role will be a familiar one to him, but given the veteran relief help the Rangers added at the trade deadline they’re certainly not short on late-inning options. Colby Lewis and Matt Harrison will be the third and fourth starters instead.
For his career Ogando has a 1.24 ERA and 41/16 K/BB ratio in 44 innings as a reliever, but manager Ron Washington may have trouble finding enough high-leverage work for Ogando, Mike Adams, Koji Uehara, Michael Gonzalez, and Darren Oliver in front of closer Neftali Feliz. It’s a nice problem to have, of course.
The weather in Cleveland is not that great at the moment. It’s cold, windy, there’s drizzle and the chance for heavier rain increases as the night wears on. At the moment Game 2 of the World Series is still scheduled to kick off at 7:08PM Eastern Time, however. So bundle up.
And maybe hunker down. Because this game is going to go nine innings no matter what. Maybe not tonight, but eventually.
That’s because, you may recall, ever since that rainy, snowy mix forced the suspension in the sixth inning of Game 5 of the 2008 World Series between the Phillies and the Rays, Major League Baseball has held that all playoff games will be played in their entirety. There will be no six-inning, rain-shortened affairs.
The last word from MLB was that they would reassess the weather just before starting pitchers began to warm up this evening. If things still look about the same then, the game will proceed as scheduled. If the weather takes a turn for the worse, they’ll suspend the game and pick it up where it leaves off tomorrow.
A man named Ken Kostal of Marblehead, Ohio was just trying to get home from Los Angeles yesterday morning. He looked over and saw former Indians great Kenny Lofton in the boarding area, trying to fly standby to Cleveland. Why was Lofton trying to get to Cleveland? To throw out the first pitch in last night’s Game 1 of the World Series, of course.
Kostal gave up his seat to Lofton and Lofton made it to Cleveland in time. But don’t weep for Kostal. He got more than a ticket on the next flight and some federally-mandated bonus cash. The Indians just announced that they are giving Kostal tickets for Game 6, if necessary. In addition, United Airlines is giving Kostal 62,200 miles for his use on a future flight. Why 62,200? Because Lofton had 622 career stolen bases.
That’s pretty dang sweet. And now Kostal is probably rooting for the Tribe to drop a couple of games so he can go to the World Series on the house.