Congratulations to Rougned Odor on a 30 home run season.
On the strength of two at-bats in a huge game against the mighty New York Yankees, Rougned Odor resurrected his career.
He is no longer the weak-hitting second baseman who disappears for months at a time while being a huge offensive liability.
He is now the weak-hitting second baseman who disappears for months at a time while being a huge offensive liability with 30 home runs. Just like he was in 2017 when he also hit 30 home runs and also batted .204 and also had two productive months and four dreadful ones.
But something is different this year. This year he also led the league in striking out, something he hasn’t been able to do in the past when he was struggling offensively. And he’s cut his caught stealings down to nine. One more, though and he leads baseball in that as well.
In a season when home runs were scarce around major league baseball, Odor somehow managed to hit 30 of them and ascend all the way to 55th most in all of baseball.
Congratulations to Rougned Odor on yet another year of statistically being the bottom hitter in baseball, with yet another year of having the worst on-base-percentage in baseball, and with another year of negative WAR. You got to 30 home runs. And that’s what really matters most.
Let the Odor for MVP talk commence.
Chad Green (4-4, 4.24) vs. Lance Lynn (15-11, 2.38)
Game time: 2:05.