There was a sweet Odor circulating in the air at the Rogers Centre in Toronto last night as the Texas Rangers defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 in the first game of this ALDS matchup. Ranger’s second baseman Rougned Odor only had 1 hit in the game but he had a big outcome on the final score. He was hit twice (both pitches were curveballs) by Toronto starting pitcher David Price. Both times Odor came around to score. He later added a solo homerun in the 7th inning off the tough lefty Price to provide the Rangers with an insurance run and the 5-3 lead. Odor also made two outstanding plays on defense in the 5th inning. Not too shabby for a 21 year old left handed hitter in his first ever playoff game who was sent to the minors earlier in the year after a miserable start to the season.
Rougned Odor enjoyed a fine rookie campaign in 2014 as a 20 year old trying to make his way in the majors. He hit .259 with 9 HR’s and 48 RBI’s last year in 114 games and the needle was pointing up with great expectations for 2015. Odor had a very rough start to his season this year. He batted .144 in the first 29 games and left the Rangers no choice but to send the kid to the minors to get his swing straightened out. He made his Triple A debut on May 12th at Round Rock. Odor skipped Triple A while climbing to the majors last season. To his credit he seized the opportunity and caught fire. At Round Rock he hit .352 with 5 HR’s and 19 RBI’s in 108 at bats. A performance worthy of promoting him back to the majors on June 15th and he promptly went 3 for 3. Odor batted .299 with 15 HR’s from the day he returned to the Rangers lineup through the end of the season.
If you can’t get enough of Rougned Odor after reading this article then please let me introduce you to his younger brother Rougned Odor. The 17 year old with the same name was signed by the Rangers earlier this year and spent his first season playing minor league baseball in the Dominican Summer League. It could just be a matter of time before the Odor brothers from Venezuela are both playing for the Rangers.
The series matchup continues today at 12:30 as Long Island’s own Marcus Stroman will take the mound for the Blue Jays vs. Cole Hamels of the Rangers. Odor bats 8th in the Rangers lineup but he is a key part of this team right now. History has shown that playoff hero’s very often are the players that you least expect it from. On May 11th I don’t think anyone could have predicted that Odor would be in that category.
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