Are you ready for it? The moment the New York Yankees released Rougned Odor and he promptly signed with the Baltimore Orioles, it was evident swift revenge would be exacted on his former team when the 2022 season arrived.
In a stroke of desperation, the Yankees traded for Odor shortly after the 2021 season began in an effort to improve their infield depth and presence on the left side of the batter’s box.
Though Odor’s intriguing profile made it seem like he could succeed in a lineup of elite hitters after being mired in mediocrity with the Rangers, that never happened. He played in 102 games and hit just .202 with a .665 OPS (and 82 OPS+).
Just days after his release, Odor latched on with the O’s on a one-year contract and it’s evident he’s going to make life difficult for the Bombers next year … because that’s just how it works around here. Players frequently leave and perform better elsewhere or become Yankee Killers.
The Yankees have recently been stung by pitching departures that bit them in grand fashion (Lance Lynn, Sonny Gray, Garrett Whitlock, James Kaprielian), but could it be Odor who now makes them pay on the offensive side of the ball?
From an overall production standpoint, he probably won’t, but just be sure to reference this body of work when he goes yard against the Bombers in the early going, assuming the six April games against the O’s are still intact following the labor talks.
Rougned Odor is going to kill the Yankees, isn’t he?
In 52 games at Yankee Stadium, Odor hit just seven homers and added zero in three games at Camden Yards. But for his career, the slugger has 10 bombs in 69 games at the stadium in addition to an impressive .294/.368/.447 slash line at Camden Yards across 24 games, which is some of his best work at a visiting park.
And it’s not like the dimension alterations in Baltimore are going to hurt him, either, because those mostly occurred in left and center field. Odor will be sending most of his hits to right field and right-center. He hit 15 home runs in 2021 and every single one of them went to those parts of the field.
Another funny stat that could get fans unnecessarily worried? Odor was in the 84th percentile for maximum exit velocity and had most of his success against fastballs. So just look out for him to jump on a first pitch heater from Gerrit Cole or Luis Severino when the time comes. We’ll go ahead and guess, assuming the two sides play the 19 full games, Odor goes yard a total of six times, when factoring in stats, general feelings of uneasiness, and the Yankees’ overall luck.
Don’t say you weren’t warned, even though we hope this doesn’t happen.