Rougned Odor is in the Orioles’ lineup more often than not, Brandon Hyde said Tuesday as midnight approached, because of his glove more so than his bat. Baltimore’s manager is enamored with Odor’s ability to turn a double play at second base, and with the Orioles’ breakthrough season largely the product of their stout pitching and defense rather than a booming offense, Hyde wants Odor out there, even as his average dips further below .200.
Yet Odor becomes a different offensive player in big moments. Tuesday was the latest example, as he delivered in the clutch yet again, blasting a go-ahead home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to lead the Orioles to a 6-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
“He really takes his best at-bats when the game’s on the line,” Hyde said….
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