Over his last four starts covering 25 1/3 innings, Odorizzi has allowed seven earned runs. He owns a 3.80 ERA, a 1.28 WHIP and 129:42 K:BB ratio in 106 2/3 innings. His next start will come Sunday at home against the Angels.
Odorizzi (6-8) surrendered a leadoff home run in the bottom of the first inning, but he was able to regroup and hold the opposition scoreless until the Cardinals slugged another solo home run in the sixth inning. He hasn't given up more than three earned runs in any of his last eight innings.
Odorizzi owns a 3.97 ERA and 124:42 K:BB ratio in 106 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to square off with the Brewers Monday.
"I realized some things I hadn't seen before when I went out there," Odorizzi told the website. "Now I notice it every game, and it's translatable at the end of each game, and I can tweak it."
Odorizzi declined to elaborate on his adjustment. "Just, I did something different than what I normally do," he said. "And now that I'm doing it, it's like, 'Why didn't I do this from the get-go?'"
A Highland, Ill., native, Odorizzi will start Tuesday in St. Louis against the team he grew up rooting for.
Odorizzi has emerged as a solid starter over the first half of the season, but there's still some room for improvement. His .321 BABIP suggests he may be experiencing poor luck on balls in play. It should be noted, though, that Odorizzi doesn't have a large sample to work with, so it's possible this is his natural BABIP.
Still, that seems hard to believe. Odorizzi is primarily a fly ball pitcher, and those types of players tend to post lower BABIPs since fly balls turn into outs more often. All the other tools seem to be there, and Odorizzi could emerge as a second half star if things break right.
I don't know how many different ways I can say it:
I understand his 5-8 record keeps him buried on the sortable stats page, but I had hoped his 3-1 record in his last five starts would turn the tide in his favor. It has, but not fast enough for my liking.
As always, it goes well beyond the record. His ERA and WHIP (as well as his win-loss record) were skewed by a disastrous start to the season. In his last 13 starts, he has a 2.95 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 11.0 strikeouts per nine innings.
Granted, the innings haven't always been so consistent during that stretch, but you can't discount those numbers too much, especially the strikeout rate. If you limited his season to just the last two-thirds, he'd rank third in that category, behind Clayton Kershaw and Yu Darvish.
I'm thinking I could find a roster spot for him in just about any league, and I'm not the only one who feels that way. Al Melchior named him one of five pitchers due for increased value in the second half.
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|2010||AFX-Wisconsin Timber Rat||7||3||3.45||23||20||0||0||1||120.0||99||52||46||7||9||40||135|
|2011||AFA-Wilmington Blue Rock||5||4||2.88||15||15||0||0||0||78.0||68||30||25||4||2||22||103|
|2011||AA-Northwest Arkansas N||5||3||4.76||12||12||0||0||0||68.0||66||38||36||13||1||22||54|
|2012||AAA-Omaha Storm Chasers||11||3||2.93||19||18||0||0||0||107.1||105||41||35||12||2||40||88|
|2012||AA-Northwest Arkansas N||4||2||3.32||7||7||0||0||0||38.0||27||15||14||2||0||10||47|
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