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23 Jake Odorizzi SP
Height/Weight: 6-2/185 | Birthdate: 3/27/1990 | Birthplace: Highland, IL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Tampa Bay | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 84/63 | Average Draft Position: 251.07
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Jake Odorizzi stays dominant in tight win over Brewers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Rays pitcher Jake Odorizzi worked his way past a solo home run in a dominant outing Monday night against the Brewers, improving to 7-8 on the year. The right-hander yielded only one run on three hits and no walks while striking out five over seven innings of a 2-1 victory.

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.

Jake Odorizzi strikes out eight in win vs. Cardinals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Rays pitcher Jake Odorizzi earned a win Tuesday, giving up two earned runs on five hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings and striking out eight in his team's 7-2 victory over the Cardinals.

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.


Jake Odorizzi makes key adjustment


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Rays starter Jake Odorizzi is 3-2 with a 2.28 ERA over his last seven starts, with opponents batting .204 against him, notes MLB.com. His turnaround began with a June 10 game against the Cardinals in which he allowed one run and three hits over 7 1/3 innings.

"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.


Jake Odorizzi a second half stud?


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/15/2014) Rays pitcher Jake Odorizzi could be a second half stud.

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. 


Jake Odorizzi criminally underowned


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/14/2014) I don't know how many different ways I can say it: Jake Odorizzi is really good, much better than his year-to-date numbers would have you believe.

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.


Jake Odorizzi strikes out seven in win vs. Blue Jays


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) Rays pitcher Jake Odorizzi earned a win Saturday, giving up three runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks in 6 2/3 innings while striking out seven in his team's 10-3 victory over the Blue Jays.

Odorizzi (5-8) has now surrendered three runs or fewer in seven straight starts, and he continues to rack up the strikeouts. He owns an impressive 116:39 K:BB ratio in 101 innings while posting a 4.01 ERA going into the All-Star break.


Jake Odorizzi strikes out eight in quality start Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) Rays pitcher Jake Odorizzi was stuck with a loss Monday after giving up two earned runs on six hits and two walks in six innings and striking out eight in his team's 6-0 defeat against the Royals.

Odorizzi (4-8) worked his way out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the second inning before giving up two runs in the third. He was able to keep the Royals' offense mostly at bay, but the Rays' offense couldn't get anything going Monday. Odorizzi owns a 4.10 ERA and 109:37 K:BB ratio in 94 1/3 innings. He's slated to face the Blue Jays Sunday.


Jake Odorizzi wins for second time in three starts


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) Rays starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi won for the second time in three starts during a 6-3 win Wednesday at N.Y. Yankees. He allowed three runs on eight hits and one walk, while striking out four in 5 2/3 innings.

Odorizzi's day got off to an ominous start, as he allowed a leadoff home run to Brett Gardner in the bottom of the first inning. He allowed two more hits -- both singles -- in the inning, but he limited the damage to one run.

The Rays tied the game before Brian McCann put New York ahead 2-1 in the third inning with a solo home run. The Rays tied the game again in the top of the fourth before Gardner had a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the inning to put New York back on top. The Rays tied the game in the fifth before taking the lead for good with a two-run homer in the sixth.

Wednesday was the first time in five starts Odorizzi (4-7) allowed more than two earned runs. He's expected to make his next start Monday against the Royals.


Jake Odorizzi struggles with control in no-decision


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) Rays pitcher Jake Odorizzi struggled to get through five innings Friday, in a 4-1 loss to the Orioles.

Odorizzi allowed just one run in his outing, but was in pretty much constant trouble throughout. He surrendered six hits and walked four batters, his highest total in more than a month. Odorizzi also struck six batters out before leaving after 106 pitches.

Odorizzi settled for a no-decision in the game, and remains 3-7 with a 4.14 ERA heading into his start against the Yankees Wednesday.


Jake Odorizzi to start Game 2 Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) Rays pitcher Jake Odorizzi will start Game 2 of the team's Friday double-header, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Odorizzi has posted a 4.29 ERA over 77 2/3 innings. Alex Colome is expected to start Game 1 Friday.


Jake Odorizzi on verge of breakthrough?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/23/2014) If you have yet to realize just what kind of impact Jake Odorizzi could make for your Fantasy team, time to look beyond the 3-7 record and 4.29 ERA.

Let's start with his year-to-date numbers since a smaller sample size is inherently open to criticism. He's averaging 10.5 stikeouts per nine innings -- third-best among qualifying starting pitchers, behind just Yu Darvish and Stephen Strasburg -- and has a 3.15 FIP. In case you're unfamiliar with FIP, it's an estimate of what a pitcher's ERA would be with luck and defense removed from the equation. Quite simply, he's pitched better than his overall numbers show.

And his more recent numbers bear witness to that. In his last nine starts, he has a 2.88 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 11.7 strikeouts per nine innings -- numbers without comparison at starting pitcher. The closest would probably be Madison Bumgarner, but even his strikeout rate is a little off.

Which isn't to say Odorizzi is on the verge of becoming a Cy Young contender -- he at times has trouble pitching deep into games, for one thing -- but a nine-start sample is nothing to scoff at. Nathan Eovaldi is still 80 percent owned because of a not-as-impressive eight-start stretch to begin the year. Right now, Odorizzi is looking like the more attractive of the two.


Jake Odorizzi fans 10, ends losing streak


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2014) Rays pitcher Jake Odorizzi spoiled Jake Buchanan's major-league debut Saturday, as he dominated the Astros in an 8-0 win.

Odorizzi pitched into the eighth inning while facing just three batters over the minimum. He allowed just one hit and a pair of walks in 7 1/3 inning of work, while striking out 10 batters on 111 pitches.

Odorizzi got the win to snap a winless streak that had reached six starts. He is still just 3-7 with a 4.29 ERA on the season, but will try to build on Saturday's outing when he takes the mound Friday in Baltimore. 


Jake Odorizzi surrenders two runs in no-decision vs. Orioles


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2014) Rays pitcher Jake Odorizzi wasn't a factor in Monday's decision, giving up two earned runs on three hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings while striking out five in his team's 5-4 win over the Orioles.

Odorizzi kept the Orioles off the board until the sixth inning, when he surrendered a two-run home run to Adam Jones. It was his second straight quality start after struggling in his previous two outings. Odorizzi owns a 4.73 ERA and 81:28 K:BB ratio in 70 1/3 innings. He's slated to take on the Astros Saturday.


Jake Odorizzi continues to make strides


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/11/2014) Judging by his 2-7 record, 4.85 ERA and 1.42 WHIP this season, Jake Odorizzi looks every bit like a pitcher you don't want in Fantasy.

But what those numbers conceal is a 3.38 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 12.1 strikeouts per nine innings in his last seven starts. Make those seven his first seven, and he's owned in more than twice as many leagues as he is right now.

Of course, his most recent start Tuesday against the Cardinals helped bring down those numbers a good bit. No doubt, a steadier stretch would have attracted more attention in Fantasy. But the point is the good starts for Odorizzi have been frequent enough that he deserves to be on your radar in mixed leagues despite the 2-7 record.

Obviously, he'll have to win at a better rate to contribute anything worthwhile, but I suspect we've seen the worst of the Rays so far. Doesn't mean you have to add him just yet, but keep an eye on him.


Jake Odorizzi takes hard-luck loss Tuesday vs. Cardinals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2014) Rays pitcher Jake Odorizzi was hung with a loss Tuesday, giving up just one earned run on three hits and one walk in 7 1/3 innings while striking out five in his team's 1-0 defeat against the Cardinals.

Odorizzi (2-7) took his third straight loss Tuesday but deserved better, surrendering only a sixth-inning solo home run but getting outdueled by Adam Wainwright. Odorizzi owns a 4.85 ERA and 76:26 K:BB ratio in 65 innings. He's scheduled to face the Orioles Monday.


Jake Odorizzi gets hit hard again in loss to Miami


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2014) Rays starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi continued to struggle in a Thursday afternoon loss to the Marlins, dropping to 2-6 on the year. The right-hander coughed up four runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out eight over five innings.

Over his last two starts covering 8 1/3 innings, Odorizzi has allowed nine earned runs. He has not won a decision since May 14 in Seattle. He will look to get back on track Tuesday at home against St. Louis.

Jake Odorizzi exits early in fifth loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2014) Rays starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi struggled through a 7-1 loss to the Red Sox Saturday.

Odorizzi made it into the fourth inning before he was forced out. He was tagged for five runs in 3 1/3 innings of work, while allowing six hits and a walk in the outing. He struck out six while throwing 84 pitches before being pulled, with the loss.

Odorizzi is now just 2-5 on the season, and has not win in his last three starts. He carries a 5.13 ERA into his next outing, set for Thursday against the Marlins.


Jake Odorizzi looks sharp in no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2014) Rays pitcher Jake Odorizzi bounced back with a quality start on Sunday against the Red Sox, limiting Boston hitters to one run on four hits in six innings of work in a no-decision.

Odorizzi allowed a sacrifice fly in the third inning for his only damage of the afternoon. He struck out five and walked one in 108 pitches, 74 for strikes. His ERA improved from 4.98 to 4.56. Over his last four starts covering 21 2/3 innings, Odorizzi has allowed only four earned runs.

Following the 8-5 home victory, Odorizzi will make his next start Saturday at Boston.

Jake Odorizzi's last start not a deal breaker


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/21/2014) With his disastrous start against the Athletics Tuesday in which he allowed three runs on four hits with five walks and eight strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings, you might assume whatever progress Jake Odorizzi had made in his previous two starts, allowing no runs on six hits with four walks and 18 strikeouts in 11 innings, was lost. But that's probably not the case.

As I pointed out after his last start, his success coincided with a change in his arsenal. Specifically, he began throwing his breaking balls 25-30 percent of time, or about twice as often as before. Leading up to Tuesday's start, The Tampa Tribune provided the backstory for the change, noting that pitching coach Jim Hickey and catcher Ryan Hanigan believed Odorizzi had become too predictable and urged him to mix it up.

Hanigan, as the one calling the pitches, helped make it happen, but with him sidelined by a hamstring injury Tuesday, Odorizzi was forced to work with Jose Molina. And his old habits returned. He threw his slider and curveball only 15 percent of the time.

If Hickey and Hanigan figured it out the first time, you can trust them to figure it out again. The turnaround for Odorizzi should be a quick one.


Jake Odorizzi can't complete five innings in loss Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2014) Rays pitcher Jake Odorizzi couldn't complete five innings despite throwing 113 pitches Tuesday, giving up three earned runs on four hits and five walks in 4 2/3 innings while striking out eight in his team's 3-0 loss to the A's.

Odorizzi (2-4) had been brilliant in his previous two starts, striking out 18 in 11 scoreless innings, but while the Ks remained high, he struggled through the first two innings Tuesday, ultimately giving up all three runs in the second inning. He owns a 4.98 ERA and 52:23 K:BB ratio in 43 1/3 innings. Odorizzi is slated to face the Red Sox Sunday.


One of three Rays starters on brink of losing rotation spot


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2014) Joe Maddon has yet to decide which pitcher will lose his spot in the rotation upon the return of Alex Cobb from an oblique strain. Cobb is set to make his lone rehab start Saturday night. That would line him up to start with the Rays on Thursday.

It also lines him up to replace Cesar Ramos. If Ramos performs poorly Saturday night against the Angels, he could be the odd man out. But Erik Bedard and Jake Odorizzi are also candidates.

"We honestly have not decided," Maddon told the Tampa Bay Times. "That's open for debate. It's a conversation. Quite frankly, they've all pitched well."

Ramos did not pitch well in his last start. He allowed five runs on 11 hits in 6 2/3 innings Monday night in Seattle. Bedard has been strong since joining the rotation and Odorizzi has not allowed an earned run in his last two outings combined.


Jake Odorizzi may have turned the corner


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/15/2014) When Jake Odorizzi struck out 11 batters in five innings against the Indians Friday, it seemed like an aberration. He had been knocked around all season up to that point, with command so poor he seemed destined for a return trip to the minors.

But when he followed it up with six one-hit innings at the Mariners Wednesday, striking out seven and walking two, I was compelled to investigate.

As I mentioned on Thursday's Fantasy Baseball Today, I found something in the Pitch F/X data. His turnaround has coincided with an increased reliance on breaking balls -- specifically, a curveball and slider. He threw them 30 percent of the time in this latest start and 25 percent of the time in the 11-strikeout effort. That's more than twice as often as before.

He wasn't getting by on the fastball-changeup combo alone. Now that he's incorporating his full arsenal, he has a better chance of meeting the potential that made him a legitimate sleeper coming into the year.

If Drew Pomeranz, Dallas Keuchel, Rafael Montero and Josh Beckett have already been picked up in your league, you might give Odorizzi a shot. Last year at Triple-A Durham, he compiled a 3.33 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 9.0 strikeouts per nine innings in 22 starts.


Jake Odorizzi tosses six one-hit innings vs. Mariners


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2014) Rays pitcher Jake Odorizzi gave up just one hit and two walks in six scoreless innings while striking out seven to earn a win in his team's 2-0 victory over the Mariners Wednesday.

Odorizzi (2-3) lost a no-hitter with two outs in the sixth, and he didn't come back out for the seventh after getting the last out of the previous inning. He's now turned in two straight scoreless starts, giving him a 4.89 ERA and 44:18 K:BB ratio in 38 2/3 innings. Odorizzi is scheduled to face the A's Tuesday.


Jake Odorizzi proves tough to hit in no-decision


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2014) Rays starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi failed to reached the sixth inning for the sixth start in a row Friday against the Indians, but only because he racked up a high pitch count in a 6-3 loss.

It was hard to blame Odorizzi much for the loss, as he left the game with a 2-0 lead. He lasted just five innings largely thanks to a high pitch count racked up en route to a career-high 11 strikeouts. He walked just two batters and scattered five hits in his five shutout innings before being pulled with 101 pitches thrown.

Odorizzi remains 1-3 on the season with a 5.79 ERA, though he does have 37 strikeouts in 32 2/3 innings. He will try to build on his relative success in his next scheduled start, set for Wednesday against the Mariners. 


Jake Odorizzi mashed again Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2014) Rays starter Jake Odorizzi was rolling merrily along Saturday against the host Yankees. But he has struggled the second time around lineups this season - and he certainly did against New York.

He retired the first nine batters he faced, but a leadoff single in the fourth by Jacoby Ellsbury signaled disaster. Odorizzi gave up a two-run homer to Mark Teixeira that inning and opened the fifth by surrendering a double, walk and two-run double to Ellsbury before being pulled. He finished having given up three earned runs on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts.

Odorizzi, whose ERA now rests at a disturbing 6.83, has yielded 21 earned runs in his last 21 1/3 innings. He is scheduled to start again next Friday against visiting Cleveland, but his spot in the rotation could be getting tenuous.