2022 Player Outlook
In his first year with Houston, Odorizzi posted a 6-7 record across 24 outings (23 starts), with a 4.21 ERA (4.70 xERA), 1.25 WHIP and a 20.6 percent strikeout rate. He dropped his slider usage a good bit, while throwing his four-seamer more, compared to 2020. His fastball lends itself to more of a fly ball pitch, but it might be wise to use his splitter more, as that pitch posted a zero degree launch angle. More ground balls wouldn't be bad for Odorizzi, as he has a career 1.47 HR/9 mark, and a 1.14 HR/9 mark over the last four seasons. Odorizzi will essentially be the team's sixth starter, or the team's primary long reliever if you want to view it that way. Justin Verlander is coming back to front the rotation, but given his limited workload and return from injury, the team could use a six-man rotation to begin the year. Odorizzi isn't a guy that you need to actively target in drafts, unless you're in rather deep AL-only leagues.