Rougned Odor is coming off back-to-back 30-10 seasons and is just entering his age-24 campaign, but he's a risky investment. There were concerns about his approach coming into 2017, and those concerns proved justified as Odor hit under .200 in three separate months of the season, resulting in just a 61 wRC+ for the year (the worst among 144 qualified hitters). His strikeout issues got worse down the stretch, with Odor fanning over 30 percent of the time over the final month. Sure, he had a bit of tough luck on balls in play (.224 BABIP), and to his credit Odor did start to draw more walks later in the year, but the "expected" numbers from Statcast suggest he deserved his fate for the most part (.285 xwOBA, .221 xBA). He just signed an extension last spring and would seem to have a decent leash in his role, but Odor's power/speed contributions will be offset to a great extent by the batting-average drain if he can't make some adjustments.
Odor (ankle) is in the lineup for Friday's game against the A's. It was reported Friday morning that Odor's ankle injury would likely limit him to pinch-hit duty the rest of the way, but he is apparently feeling good enough to assume his customary spot at second base Friday night. He will hit seventh against A's starter Raul Alcantara.
Odor is still nursing a left ankle injury he sustained in a collision with teammate Nomar Mazara in a Sept. 10 contest and may be limited to bench duties for the Rangers' final three games of the season, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports. For just the second time all season, Rangers manager Jeff Banister omitted Odor from the starting lineup in Thursday's loss to the Athletics, allowing Drew Robinson to pick up a start at the keystone. Considering that the Rangers are eliminated from postseason contention, there's little reason for the team to ask a gimpy Odor to play the field at this point, but it appears that he'll still see use as a pinch hitter during the final three games. Odor, who grounded out in his pinch-hit appearance Thursday, has appeared in some capacity in all 159 of the Rangers' games to date and is seeking to become the first Texas player since Michael Young and Mark Teixeira in 2006 to play in all 162 contests. Odor is hitting .121 over his last 36 games to drop his season mark to .203, last among all qualified hitters in the American League.
Odor is not in the lineup against the A's on Thursday. Odor will head to the bench yet again as he remains in a prolonged slump at the plate, going just 4-for-50 during the last 18 games. In his place, Drew Robinson draws a start at the keystone.
Odor went 1-for-3 with a walk and a grand slam in Wednesday's 8-6 win over the Mariners. The blast was his 30th of the year, capping a seven-run fourth inning that fueled the Rangers' win and brought them to 2.5 games back of the Twins for the second wild-card spot in the AL. Odor hasn't had a multi-hit performance since Sept. 8, going a brutal 4-for-33 (.121) over his last 11 games, but at least three of his four hits during that stretch have gone for extra bases (one double and two homers).
Odor went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Angels. In what's seemingly been a recurring theme this season, Odor is in the midst of another prolonged offensive dry spell, as Sunday's hitless effort leaves him with a 2-for-26 mark at the plate over his last nine contests. A .227 BABIP has certainly hurt Odor's cause, but a career-worst 24.5 percent strikeout rate and an almost 100-point decline in slugging percentage from the year prior suggests that bad luck alone is not at the root of the second baseman's disappointing season. Odor is probably still worth keeping active in most formats thanks to his strong counting-stats production (29 home runs, 14 steals), but a .208 average has kept him out of the upper tier of fantasy performers at his position.