Alexi Ogando back in the rotation
Just read on mlb.com that Alexi Ogando will be back in the starting rotation down here in Texas again. He was an All Star starter in 2011, the first time he was in the rotation, but ended the season back in the 'pen. I wonder if the extra innings that season cost him and wore him down before the World Series (Cardinals beat him up: 6 G, 2.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 7 BB, 3 K, 10.13 ERA, 5.25 WHIP). He will be in the rotation with: Matt Harrison, Yu Darvish, and Derek Holland. The article's author, TR Sullivan, said that the 5th spot will be up for grabs with Robbie Ross, non-roster invitees Randy Wells and Kyle McClellan, and rookies Martin Perez, Justin Grimm, Nick Tepesch and Cody Buckel.
The article concentrated on lefty Ross and his attempt to join the rotation. Ross did a fine job last year as a rookie lefty specialist for the Rangers, and I would kind of like to keep him there. Just my opinion, but I really liked him in his role last year. Any opinions on these other guys? I know McClellan went from reliever to starter just like Ogando in 2011. He did a decent job filling in for the injured Adam Wainwright, but went back to the pen when we got Jackson in that trade with Toronto. The extra work forced LaRussa to keep him off the postseason roster, for fear he would be worn down. Also, no mention of Feliz. What is happening with him?
So what do you all think about Alexi going back to the rotation? Any idea who will take the 5th spot?
"They've got a good ballclub; that guy Ruth is always tough, but he isn't going to get many good balls to hit. The only pitchers they have who will bother us are Pennock and Hoyt. But we can take them -- just as we took the best in the National League. And no matter what the score is, we're going to keep fighting and hustling." --- Cardinals MGR Rogers Hornsby before the 1926 World Series.