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Rangers will start C.J. Wilson in Game 1 of ALCS, keep Alexi Ogando in bullpen

Oct 5, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

C.J. Wilson

With the Rangers the first team to advance past the first round manager Ron Washington announced that they’ll predictably line up C.J. Wilson to start Game 1 of the ALCS and will also keep Alexi Ogando in the bullpen.

Ogando spent nearly the entire season in the Rangers’ rotation, starting 29 games, but made three scoreless appearances setting up Neftali Feliz in the ALDS win over the Rays.

If the Rangers stick with their ALDS rotation Wilson will be followed by Derek Holland, Colby Lewis, and Matt Harrison, but no official announcement has been made beyond the Game 1 assignment and Washington’s preference may change depending on whether they’re facing the Yankees or Tigers.

  1. protectthishouse54 - Oct 5, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    Rangers fans will obviously be very interested in Thursday’s Game 5. They’ll be hoping for the Yankees and Tigers to wear out their pitching staffs but the rainout works against them. Most likely, CC and Verlander will be available to pitch Game 1, an ideal set up for baseball fans everywhere.

  2. philiplewis1 - Oct 5, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    As a 40 year Ranger fan (dating back to that first game in 1972), I hated to see the overmanaging by Washington in this series. I once heard a quote “Great managers only manage when they have to”. Washington manages every chance he gets. Perfect example was in Game 2 when he pulled pitchers having great success to play percentages (I guess that’s his reason) and ended up almost getting beat when pitching changes didn’t work. Whatever happened to leaving the guy in who’s hot at the moment. If Ogando is hot and getting outs, leave him in. If the guy pitching the 8th had an easy inning, bring him back for the 9th. Who says Feliz has to pitch the 9th. He’s not exactly the most reliable guy around. The “Save” category is the worst statistic to ever occur in baseball. It’s meaningless and has no relevance to how well someone pitches, e.g. Feliz comes in to the 9th yesterday gives up a run and almost the game before getting out of trouble and getting the “coveted” save. C’mon Ron, let ’em play. We’ll call you when we need you.

    • protectthishouse54 - Oct 5, 2011 at 4:08 PM

      I completely agree. Girardi has a tendency to do the same thing, succumbing to his love affair with The Binder. I’ve softened my stance on Girardi however because NY’s pitchers are so inconsistent that he’s got to pull them before the inevitable happens. But usually, I’m not a fan of the quick hook.

  3. spytdi - Oct 5, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    I agree with the overmanagement aspect that Ron so usually does. He turns to Oliver and the rest of the bullpen way to quickly when a pitcher is having a great game. In other times, he’ll sit on a starter too long like what happened in game 1 with Wilson. Get us a pennant Ron and I’ll eat my words.

    • Senor Cardgage - Oct 5, 2011 at 5:32 PM

      So the pennant he got you last year means nothing? The team record for single-season wins means nothing? He has increased the winning percentage each successive year and has done everything short of winning the World Series, and yet is roundly criticized at every turn. I didn’t realize so many Ranger fans were named Steinbrenner. If only the Rangers had a good manager, maybe they could go undefeated.

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