This article is part of our Collette Calls series.
I made the bold prediction a couple months back that Jake Odorizzi would be a top-100 pitcher. That includes starters and relievers because making the top-100 starting pitcher list is rather easy if you can throw strikes. Odorizzi was going as the 142nd pitcher off the board in NFBC drafts in February coming off a disappointing season.
To date, that prediction is working out nicely as Odorizzi is 6-2 with a 2.63 ERA with a 24 percent strikeout rate and looking more like the guy we got to like in 2014 before the last few years of disappointment.
The main foundation of that prediction was that I was convinced Odorizzi would have a better 2019 because new manager Rocco Baldelli would not expose him to the dangers of the times through the order penalty as Paul Molitor did all too often last year. However, Baldelli has not done that. To date, these are the batters faced totals for Odorizzi in 2019:
To be fair, Odorizzi has pitched extremely well lately, and it is understandable that Baldelli would want to get more out of him. The approach has mostly worked well until his most recent outing Wednesday against the Angels when the TTOP turned what had been an excellent outing for Odorizzi into an all-too-familiar bad line score, in a game where he still won.
That third time through the Angels' order yielded the following results for Odorizzi: single, walk, groundout (ended