Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor has been a nightmare for the Detroit Tigers the past couple of days.
On Monday, he stole two bases and scored three runs in the Rangers’ 6-2 victory and, on Tuesday, he was at it again, making another heads-up base-running play that led to a run in Texas’s 10-4 win.
However, Tuesday’s base-running play was even more outstanding, as it was something that doesn’t happen very often in baseball.
As you can see in the video below, Odor attempts a straight steal of home plate against Detroit left-hander Daniel Stumpf. He would have been safe no matter what happened, but when Stumpf fired the ball to home plate, he committed a balk, so Odor’s steal technically won’t go down in the scorebook:
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According to the Rangers, Odor had bluffed a steal of home earlier in the at-bat to get his timing right against Stumpf (via MLB.com):
“Just a great play by [Odor],” Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. “He set it up early with the bluff, getting his timing down. When there was no reaction there, it was just a matter of time. You could see it in his face that he was going to go. A great play by him.”