Extra bases: Odor, 20, learning on job

July, 9, 2014
Jul 9
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rookie second baseman Rougned Odor, like many Rangers these days, is fighting a slump.

Odor came into Tuesday’s game batting .173 in his past 17 games.

After going 1-for-3, the 20-year-old's batting average is .263, down 39 points from a high-water .302.

Manager Ron Washington said that even with Odor’s adept baseball instincts, there is a definite learning curve.

“Odor is experiencing baseball at its highest level," Washington said. “It is a constant game of adjustments. You adjust to what the pitcher is trying to do, and then he adjusts. You don’t learn it all in a year. He’s going to be up and down."

On Monday, the Venezuelan showed great range to turn shallow fly balls into outs. But on Tuesday, mixed with two putouts and three assists, Odor committed his fourth error of the season on a ground ball up the middle.

“Odor plays hard," Washington said. “He’s going to be fine. He makes mistakes here and there, but he’s going to be a fine player. He keeps battling every day."

Washington said a strength of Odor's is that he listens and does what is asked of him the first time.

“But even with that, it still takes time in this game," his manager said.

The Rangers wrap up a three-game series against AL West foe Houston with first pitch at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday at Globe Life Park. The Astros took the first two games of the series 12-7 and 8-3.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Colby Lewis
WINS ERA SO IP
10 5.18 133 170
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .324
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182