Alexi Ogando #41 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Houston Astros in the first inning at Minute Maid Park on April 3, 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Alexi Ogando wasn't nearly the picture of dominance that he was in his 2013 debut on Monday night against the Tampa Bay Rays, but in many ways his outing and subsequent win might have been more promising in hindsight after it's become clear the Houston Astros have absolutely nothing in the form of offense.
Ogando allowed one run over his 5 1/3 innings of work and then got a gutty, to put it nicely, effort from his bullpen to pull out his second victory of the year in as many starts after transitioning from the bullpen for the second time in his career.
He gave up just three hits but walked three and struck out only two after fanning a career-high 10 batters in his start last Wednesday against the Astros
The Rays are certainly no offensive juggernaut but they are a team that many picked to win the AL East and some have picked to win the AL pennant, so they're no slouch and to hold them to one run in 5-plus innings is a nice outing for only the second of the year for a converted reliever.