Astros WHIP+ Shows an Above Average Rotation

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Jake Odorizzi – 98

The WHIP+ is just one metric, one way to measure a pitcher’s effectiveness, but color me surprised Odorizzi is very slightly above average in it. It sure didn’t feel that way when he pitched, maybe because Odorizzi gave up the second most hits per nine innings of any Astros starter (8.49, compared to Greinke’s 8.64) and registered 3.04 walks per nine innings.

So, if the theory is pitchers control hits less than they control walks, is Odorizzi primed for improvement in 2022? I doubt it.  His career averages are 8.1 hits and 3.1 walks per nine. He is who he is and that’s not likely to change at 31-years-old.

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