This article is part of our Regan's Rumblings series.
While fantasy football and Ronald Acuna are getting most of fantasy owners' attention right now, there are several hitters and pitchers that have got off to hot starts in the second half. We'll look at a handful of those and attempt to determine whether the hot streak is real and most importantly, sustainable.
Note: listed stats are second half stats through games of Tuesday, August 15.
Rougned Odor (2B-TEX)
.347/.425/.694, 11.5 BB percentage
Walks per game (2015-2017): 0.15
Walks per game (2018): 0.36
Odor had a game to remember on August 2, going one for one with a home run and five walks. There are many months in his career in which he fell short of drawing five walks, and as an Odor owner myself, I'm loving the newfound plate discipline. In his last 30 games, Odor has a .423 OBP. This from a guy with a .252 OBP last year and a .297 career mark. We'll see if this continues, but right now, Odor is the brightest spot on a team that's going nowhere anytime soon. He's probably not going to post his third straight 30-plus homer season, but the way he's going lately, he could reach 25 and wind up hitting in the .280/.360/.490 range. I'm not sure whether Odor is consciously going up to the plate trying to be more selective, but whatever he's adjusted, it's working. Who knows whether this will continue, but we've seen enough of a sample size for me to be comfortable that