Finally, the MLB truly returns this week, and with the Rangers face a ton of questions regarding their lineup.

Right now, the team is in the midst of summer training, and there have been some great surprises, including the re-emergence Rougned Odor.

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Over the past 15 summer camp games, Odor has been great, dropping 5 home runs and 9 RBI in that time. During Saturday’s intrasquad scrimmage, Odor belted a 2-run home run off of Lance Lynn, the Ranger’s opening day starter. Then in Sunday’s game, he had another double.

During this span, Odor is tied for the team lead in RBI with 9 this camp with Scott Heineman, who has a 7-game hitting streak himself so far.

Last season, questions surrounded Odor and his play on the field and at the plate, citing his inconsistency at the plate to be specific. Rougie has always been a hot and cold player, but in a shortened season like this year, it could work in his advantage.

When asked about whether it’s physical or mental if or when there are successes and struggles at the plate occur, Rougie responded:

I think it’s more mental. When somebody struggles, it thinks 100% mental, you know. Physically, we can deal with that, but when it’s mental, it’s the hard part.

Per Ranger Zoom Conference Call (7/19/20)

Manager Chris Woodward has expressed the fact that he would have players play on a “shorter leash” when it comes to consistency due to the short season earlier in summer camp.

Last season Rougie batted a lowly .205 with 30 HR and 93 RBI. The numbers won’t be as high for the HR or RBI, but if he can continue his solid hitting, he can really put together what could be a big year for the incumbent second baseman.

Is the old Rougie here to stay?

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