Minnesota Twins Starting Pitcher – Jake Odorizzi
56 games into the season and Jake Odorizzi is a nice result of the Wes Johnson offseason hiring. Though a new pitching coach can bring you the tools and adjustments needed, Odorizzi has definitely put in the work. Coach Johnson seems to really have made a difference in the lives of many pitchers on this staff including an established starter in Jake Odorizzi.
Jake finished last season with a 4.49 ERA in 32 starts for the Twins. So far this year, he’s at an outstanding 2.16 ERA with a 7-2 record in 11 starts. He seems to be commanding the zone better and pitching with increased velocity, two things that always bode well for pitchers at this level. He looks constantly locked in while on the mound even flashing some emotion here and there which is unusual for the stoic starter.
One thing I love to see is the increased efficiency. His HR/9 and H/9 ratios are both much lower than in previous seasons and while he occasionally has a long inning, it seems his starts are a bit longer. If I had to choose one starter that gets my vote for this years all-star game, it would definitely have to be “Odo”.