One fun thing to follow the rest of the season is the Home Run Derby between Joey Gallo and Rougned Odor.
Who will hit the most out when it’s all said and done?
Gallo hit two last night to get to 27. After hitting two the game before, Odor hit one last night. He has 24.
Both have a chance to get to 40. But both are struggling to bat .200.
Odor seems to have found his stroke in the last week or so, with six home runs in nine games. That outburst of offense has moved him up to third worst in MLB in on-base percentage, and seventeenth worst in OPS. But he is moving in the right direction.
Thrust by his manager into critical run-producing spots in the lineup, he is putting up numbers that many pitchers would be embarrassed by.
Yet he does seem to be getting hot, finally, some 100 games into the season. And that could bode well for next year. The fewer dead zones in the lineup the better. This is not what Rougned Odor should be.
In that same span of games, Joey Gallo has five home runs out of nine hits. He has gotten his average up to .202. But this is what Joey Gallo will be: 45-home-run power, a .190 average.
You can have one of those all-or-nothing hitters on your roster. You really shouldn’t have two.
The Rangers have six.
Ariel Miranda (7-4, 4.31) vs. Andrew Cashner (6-8, 3.48)
Game time: 7:05
DISQUS WAS BROKEN LAST NIGHT. IT WAS A PROBLEM ON THEIR END, NOT OURS. IT SEEMS TO BE FIXED. LET’S HOPE SO. SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.