Rougned Odor says he's primed for a hot start to Texas Rangers' season. Any takers?

Jeff Wilson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

Published in Baseball

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Hey, everyone, Rougned Odor says he feels good at the plate leading up to another Texas Rangers season.

Odor looks really good and is doing the right things and sticking to recommended changes, manager Chris Woodward said.

Woodward's predecessor, Jeff Banister, said the same things.

And how have those seasons worked out?

Odor has a .219 batting average the past three seasons and 116 more strikeouts (467) than hits (351). His .703 OPS says he's a below-average offensive player, and his 78 OPS+ says he's way below average even though he has connected for 30 homers in two of the past three seasons.

But he feels really good right now.


Any takers?

He needs to feel good from the start of this 60-game sprint MLB is calling a season. A team can't afford to have an anchor holding its offense down long, and the Rangers have multiple options to replace him.

Odor, though, will be the Opening Day second baseman July 24 at Globe Life Field against the Colorado Rockies, and he will also have the task of proving that this time he is an improved and changed hitter.

"I don't like to talk about myself, but I'm just going to tell you this: I feel really good at the plate," Odor said. "And I feel like what I was doing at the end of last year I've brought into this year."


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