Despite adding some velocity, Jake Odorizzi took a step back as a strikeout pitcher in 2015, but he was more effective nonetheless. Batters had an easier time making contact against Odorizzi, but he allowed fewer flyballs and threw more strikes. That enabled him to lower his ERA from 4.13 to 3.35 and his WHIP from 1.28 to 1.15. Entering his age-26 season, Odorizzi could take another step forward, but with a lack of consistency as a strikeout pitcher, it's best to treat him as a late-round option in standard mixed leagues.
Rays starter Jake Odorizzi outdueled the Marlins' Jose Fernandez and evened his record at 9-9 in Thursday's win over the Marlins, giving up just an unearned run on four hits over seven innings. He struck out seven and walked two. An oblique injury kind of derailed this season for Odorizzi, as he was less effective in the second half after returning from the DL, but the righty still showed a lot overall and finished the season on a high note. He wasn't expensive in this year's drafts, and he probably won't be terribly high-priced next year either; buy in while the buying's good, as there's legitimate 200-strikeout upside here.
Rays starter Jake Odorizzi allowed four runs on seven hits, walking three and striking out four over five innings of a 5-3 loss to Toronto on Friday night. Odorizzi (8-9, 3.49 ERA) needed 111 pitches (67 for strikes) to cover five innings, and couldn't keep the Blue Jays off the scoreboard in three of those five innings. He allowed a pair of home runs in what would be considered a mediocre outing against any team other than Toronto and their high-powered offense. He's working on a solid season and should be a good middle-of-the-rotation option in 2016.
Rays starter Jake Odorizzi had a rough Sunday against the Orioles but finished with a no-decision, allowing four earned runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings pitched. Odorizzi's largest error came on a changeup that Chris Davis hit 10 rows into the stands during the third inning, but he did leave the game tied at four. The 25-year-old's three strikeouts is his lowest total since a July 17 disaster start. That, combined with all of his allowed hits, means he was lucky to escape without a loss.
Rays pitcher Jake Odorizzi gave up three runs on three hits and three walks with five strikeouts in six innings Tuesday against the Yankees. The 25-year-old righty has a 3.26 ERA and 1.12 WHIP and has solidified himself as a legitimate middle-of-the-rotation arm this season. He will take the mound again Sunday at home against the Orioles, against whom he is 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA in 12 2/3 innings this season.
Rays pitcher Jake Odorizzi was effective throughout Wednesday's start against the Tigers. Odorizzi did not surrender a run over six innings of work. Odorizzi received his seventh win of the season during the 8-0 win. He also struck out six and walked one. Prior to Wednesday's win, Odorizzi was winless in his last seven starts.