Odor snapped an 0-for-12 stretch with a leadoff single in Saturday's game against Oakland. He went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
As promised, Odor has adopted a different approach at the plate. One that emphasizes protecting the plate and laying off bad pitches with two strikes. During his first at-bat Saturday, he fell behind 1-and-2, evened the count, fouled off a pitch, and then lined an opposite field single. Later in the game, with a runner on third and none out, he fell behind 0-and-2 before grounding out to first to drive in the run. That productive out was another good sign. A year ago, Odor drove in a runner from third with less than two outs eight times in 21 attempts (38 percent), well below the AL average of 51 percent. Of course, these are anecdotal incidents in a spring-training game. We need to see Odor consistently put up good at-bats and improve the .204 batting average he foisted on his fantasy owners last season.
Odor had a brutal 2017 season and posted a .204/.252/.397 line, with each mark being the lowest of his career. His primary issue was the frequency at which he struck out, as he was fanned in 24.9 percent of his plate appearances. As a result, the Rangers are having Odor look for one ideal pitch during his Cactus League at-bats, before shifting his focus to protecting the plate if the count reaches two strikes. Prior to 2017, the 24-year-old's batting average had been at least .259 in each of his first three seasons, so it's not too late for Odor's performance to trend in the right direction.
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 suit up 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 continues to remain 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.
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