The kids shall lead the Texas Rangers through a hot streak that has pushed them into a comfortable position atop the American League West.
Odor’s walk-off hit was the second of his career. He also hit his eighth home run of the season earlier in the game. Since returning from his suspension for punching Jose Bautista, he’s 5-for-11 with two doubles and a home run.
Mazara had four hits. He’s the second-youngest player in Rangers history to go 4-for-4 in a game, older than only Ruben Sierra (age 20 in 1986). Profar was 1-for-5 with a run scored, but he’s now hitting .370 with 17 hits in his first 10 games this season (and at least one in each game).
The Rangers have the most hits (160) and home runs (22) from players age 23 or younger this season.
Mazara most impressive
Odor has a weakness in the form of his on-base percentage (.298). Profar’s injury history has kept him from making a big impact (he did not play in the majors in 2014 and 2015). But Mazara looks like a near-perfect player. He’s hitting .319 (eighth in the American League) with a .370 on-base percentage and .500 slugging percentage.
Mazara, like most left-handed hitters, covers the inside part of the plate, but he also has shown some skill at getting to the outside pitch.
Mazara’s power numbers might come down a little bit. His 13 percent hard-hit rate is the lowest for any of the 47 players with a .500 slugging percentage, though given his youth and the hitter-friendly ballpark in which he plays, a low-hard hit rate may merely be a sign that there’s room to grow.
Bush is no kid, but in terms of experience he is
Thirty-year-old rookie pitcher Matt Bush gave the Rangers another inning of scoreless relief. Bush, the pitcher (as opposed to the shortstop who was a former No. 1 pick), is known for a fastball that hits 98 mph on the radar gun.
But on Monday, it was the curveball (a pitch with a 16 mph separation from his 96 mph fastball) that was his best. Bush threw seven, matching his most in any appearance, and got two of the three outs with that pitch.
Bush has allowed two earned runs in 11 2/3 innings this season with 12 strikeouts and one walk. This was the third time in 12 appearances that he’s entered with the score tied or his team up by a run. He’s preserved the score in all three instances.
Doug Clawson also contributed to this report