Across the way from John Farrell in the Rangers dugout this series is a manager who was voted the American League’s best in his first year at the helm, 2015. Jeff Banister is one of three full-time skippers Rangers president Jon Daniels has had in his time running the Rangers. Much has been made about how Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski views the manager’s job: that in-game management isn’t the most important, but running the clubhouse is. How does another top baseball exec look at it? Daniels explained on the CSNNE Baseball Show podcast. “I think manager’s an enormous role,” Daniels said. “Huge importance, I don’t buy into any of the sort of snarky commentary. … What I think
Xander Bogaerts is off to a really great start for the Boston Red Sox. Bogaerts has played 42 games this season, and home runs have been completely absent. It was the third inning of Boston’s game against the Texas Rangers, and Bogaerts came to the plate to face Nick Martinez with a runner on first.
Odor entered Friday hitting .210 and with the seventh-lowest OPS (.610) in the AL. He has warmed up a bit recently in terms of results, going 6 for 24 (.250) on the current road trip. Banister said he's seen an improvement in Odor's peripheral statistics, such as his rate of swinging at and missing pitches outside of the zone and his rate of hard-hit balls. For the season, Odor has chased 8.23 percent of the pitches he's been thrown, compared with 6.49 at this point last year. He's also hit fewer line drives than at this point a year ago (30 vs. 33) despite seeing about 100 more total pitches. Odor's average exit velocity for the season, however, is up over where it was through May 25, 2016: