Alexi Ogando has failed to get Allen Craig out in two absolutely critical situations in the first two games of the World Series, but that does not mean Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington should necessarily shy away from that match-up going forward.
Craig, the St. Louis Cardinals' fourth outfielder, will start either at DH or in a corner outfield spot for each game of the Arlington phase of this Series, beginning with a start in right field Saturday in Game 3. Ogando might be needed in the same sort of spot into which he walked in Games 1 and 2, only to surrender go-ahead pinch hits to Craig in each outing.
Still, Ogando is right-handed and has a nasty fastball-slider mix, so he should be able to get Craig out about as well as a Scott Feldman or Mark Lowe, the other candidates to take on the task in the same spot. Ogando simply did not execute twice in a row in St. Louis; Washington needs to retain confidence in him.
That will not be the only match-up for which to watch in Game 3, however. Here are 10 that could swing this crucial contest.