Odorizzi is reportedly the subject of the Pirates' interest at the MLB winter meetings, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Odorizzi rebounded nicely from a 9-9 record in 2015 to post a 10-6 mark last season, even as his ERA saw a slight bump to a still-solid 3.69. The 26-year-old right-hander also logged a career-best 187.2 innings, but on the down side, gave up 29 homers, by far the most round-trippers he's surrendered over his five major league seasons. However, he turned the corner after the All-Star break following an uneven first half, going 7-1 with a 2.71 ERA over 83 frames. He therefore figures to bring back a decent return in a possible trade for the Rays, who are expected to move at least one starting pitcher this offseason.
Odorizzi (9-6) lasted only three innings Sunday, allowing two runs on four hits and three walks while striking out three, but came away with a no-decision in a 3-2 extra-inning loss to the Red Sox. He threw a whopping 84 pitches in his three innings before being relieved by Justin Marks. It's just the third time in his last 10 trips to the mound that Odorizzi hasn't been able to supply the Rays with a quality start, and he's posted a solid 3.52 ERA and 43:19 K:BB in 56.1 innings over that stretch. He'll get one more shot at win No. 10, but it won't come easy as he'll face the Rangers in Arlington on Saturday.
Odorizzi didn't factor into the decision Sunday versus the Orioles but gave up only an earned run on five hits over six innings. He struck out three. The right-hander certainly wasn't to blame, shutting down a potent Orioles lineup on the road over his 105 pitches, 71 of which he threw for strikes. His only hiccup was the 407-foot solo shot he surrendered to Manny Machado in the sixth, making it four straight starts that Odorizzi has given up at least one round-tripper. The outing Sunday represented the 26-year-old's sixth quality start in the last seven trips to the mound, a successful stretch he'll look to extend when he faces the Red Sox next Sunday.
Odorizzi pitched seven very strong innings, allowing two runs on four hits and one walk while striking out four Blue Jays in Monday's no-decision. Odorizzi bounced back from his worst start of the season by firing the eighth quality start of his 11 second-half outings. Aside from a blip on Sep. 6 versus Baltimore, Odorizzi hasn't allowed more than three earned runs in a game since the All-Star break. Over that stretch, the right-hander is 6-1 with a 2.78 ERA, .233 BAA and 54 strikeouts in 68 innings. He's been one of the league's top pitchers lately, but he'll draw Baltimore again in his next start Sunday.
Odorizzi threw six innings of three run ball on five hits and two walks Tuesday, striking out seven but earning a no-decision as the Rays rallied with a pair of homers late to win the game 4-3. Odorizzi was pitching a one-hit shutout until the fifth inning, when Hanley Ramirez laced a home run down the right field line. Odorizzi has been very strong in the second half so far, going 5-0 with a 2.09 ERA over his last seven starts. Tuesday's outing was quite solid when considering the Red Sox have scored the most runs in the AL, leading the second place Blue Jays by 68. Odorizzi will next face the Orioles at home on Monday.