Astros rotation evaluation: Verlander’s gem leads the way
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Jake Odorizzi – Pitches/Start: 75 | Strike %: 63.8 | Pitches per out: 6.0 | Game Score: 37
Odorizzi has failed to get past the fourth inning in either of his first two starts and has been the least effective and efficient Astros starters.
The mantra during and after last season was Odorizzi’s struggles in 2021 were related to being signed late and not having a spring training. I suppose the same argument will be employed this year, but does it really matter what the reason is if he continues to be ineffective?
Currently, Odorizzi is scheduled to face Shohei Ohtani Wednesday in Houston, in what doesn’t look like an advantageous matchup for the Astros. For all the supposed deepness of the Astros’ rotation, is this really the best they can put out there every fifth day?