The Rangers’ lineup for Tuesday’s 7 p.m. game against the Angels will feature several notable changes.
Second baseman Rougned Odor moved from near the bottom of the lineup to the leadoff spot, replacing center fielder Leonys Martin, who dropped to eighth. Designated hitter Mitch Moreland, who hit fifth Monday, moved up to second, swapping spots with right fielder Shin-soo Choo.
“Leonys is going to be our leadoff hitter. Like I talked about in spring training, he is. He hadn’t hit anywhere but leadoff. He’ll be our leadoff guy,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. “So more than anything else, we wanted to give it a different look tonight. There are times when you give the lineup a little different look. It tends to put a little spark in there, a little added energy. I had the conversation with Leo beforehand and let him know and said ,’hey, this is just today.’”
Odor is batting .160 (4 for 25) through eight games with two doubles. But as Banister pointed out before Tuesday’s game, he’s averaging four pitches per plate appearance, which is tied with Choo for tops on the team, according to Baseball Reference. Odor’s on-base percentage is at .323. Odor said he doesn’t plan on a change of approach.
“It’s the same, like hitting ninth, you know,” he said. “I’m going to do the same thing I’m doing every time. Take my pitches and try get on base and do the same thing.”
Moreland earned the bump up after collecting three hits over the last three games, including an RBI and a pair of doubles.
“I really don’t pay much attention to [lineup changes],” Moreland said. “I try to go up there and keep it simple and try to get ready and try to get a good pitch. That’s my main goal. It doesn’t matter where I am in the lineup.”
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