Both the Giants, playing the Padres, and the Athletics, going against the Jays were on around 4:00 p.m. when I settled onto the couch to soak up some innings last night, but neither of those games were the one I watched.
Instead I turned on the Mariners and Rangers where two hot young fire-ballers--Michael Pineda and Alexi Ogando--matched arms for at least five innings. And, while I don't have Pineda on any team, Ogando graces my Tout Wars staff, and I have really liked him since I saw the right hander start against the Giants over the spring in Scottsdale.
Ogando, a gangly 6-foot-4, 195-pound righthander, delivers a pretty solid fastball, along with a slider, curve, and a change, and he kept the Mariners hitters off balance through six innings of shutout work, striking out four, walking two, and allowing a pair of hits. For that he earned the win, and though Seattle is not an offensive juggernaut, they do have some hitters.
Pineda is taller at 6-foot-5, and much heavier at 255 pounds, and he too delivers a powerful fastball – while at 22 is five years younger than his pitching counterpart of Tuesday. For the record, Ogando has made 12 relief appearances, all last year, at the major league level, while today was the debut for Pineda, who went five innings, allowed five hits, a walk, while striking out four.
In the end Pineda surrendered three runs to the goose eggs Ogando tossed, but these are two young arms every fantasy owner must track (if he or she is not doing so already).