If Rougned Odor is known for anything, it’s probably not his base running.
Don’t get me wrong, he’s not some clumsy corner outfielder or anything – he’s a middle infielder with 12 stolen bases this year (t-22nd) – but speed is just not the first thing that comes to mind when I hear Rougned Odor’ name.
But yesterday, he showed off some serious wheels, after drawing a leadoff walk in the bottom of the seventh inning, turning that into a stolen base, an advance on an error, and then, essentially, a straight steal of home.
Check it out:
I know that’s not technically “three straight steals,” but … it sure looks like it to me.
He (obviously) stole second base to start, and then advanced to third on an error, but that was a seriously risky extra base. He probably would’ve been out by a lot if the throw was on line. And then after that, sure, the pitcher may have balked, but that’s only because Odor was 2/3 of the way down the line. He was stealing home and even with a balk and a throw to the plate, the battery wouldn’t have caught him.
So Odor turned a leadoff walk into a run without a single Ranger getting on base or moving him over. That’s insane. And awesome.