The Texas Rangers, at 82-55, are and have been on top of the American League heap for much of the season, but going 5-1 this past week certainly didn't hurt, and neither did the production of Rougned Odor, who ld the Major Leagus in home runs (5), RBIs (15), extra-base hits (7) and total bases (29), while coming in second in the big leagues with a 1.074 slugging percentage and a 1.522 OPS. Odor went 12-for-27 (.444) over six games, the eighth-highest batting average in the Major Leagues over that span, and had at last one RBI in each of his last six games in the last week., with at last two RBIs in each of his last five.
Odor started the week with an 0-for-3 collar on Monday against Seattle, but in Tuesday's 8-7 squeaker against the Mariners, he went 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs, the most important being a walk-off, two-run home run on a 2-2 count, turning around a 97-mph fastball from Edwin Diaz.
In Texas's 14-1 throttling of the Mariners on Wednesday, Odor once again went 3-for-5, driving in five on a pair of home runs in the seventh and eighth innings.
On Thursday, the Rangers welcomed the cross-state rival Houston Astros, and Odor greeted former Mariners righty Doug Fister with a two-run home run as part of a seven-run fourth that chased the former Fresno State hurler, who took the loss in a 10-8 Texas win.
Though Texas's seven-game winning streak came to a close with the Rangers' 7-6 loss to the Astros on Sunday, Odor still went 3-for-5 with three RBIs, bashing his 29th home run of the year in the bottom of the fourth to cut the Astros' lead to 5-2.