I had noticed while digging through Brooks Baseball last night that Alexi Ogando boasted both his best average fastball velocity (95.8 mph) and best peak fastball velocity (99.1 mph) of the season last night ... and today, Buster Olney further remarks upon Ogando's strong performance last night:
A) Ogando dialed up his highest heat of the year, throwing 87 fastballs at an average speed of 95.8 MPH, a season-high for velocity. His average fastball velocity increased for the third start in a row, all of which he has won. His fastest pitch was a 99.1 MPH fastball that Maicer Izturis fouled off in the third inning with a 3-2 count. It's the fifth time in his major league career that Ogando has hit 99+ MPH, but the first time he has gotten a strike.
B) The Angels were unable to keep up with Ogando, recording 12 missed swings. He recorded 10+ missed swings for the third game in a row, his longest streak with 10+ since a streak of four games from April 23-May 13. In his career, Ogando is 8-0 in 10 games when he has recorded 10+ missed swings.
C) In many cases, Angel hitters didn't even try and keep up with Ogando. The Angels took 17 called strikes, four more than Ogando has gotten in any start in 2011. Ogando hasn't lost a game in his career when he has recorded 10+ called strikes (7-0 in 10 games).
For what it's worth, Rangers starting pitchers have averaged 92.1 mph with their heater this season, which is good for the second-best mark in the game this season.