Jake Odorizzi will face Drew Pomeranz on Friday night when the Rays and Red Sox continue their first series of the year in St. Petersburg.
Pomeranz has found his way lately. He has 5-1, 2.52 EFEC in his last nine starts, striking out 53 in 50 innings. The Rays were measured twice before that period, allowing them seven clean runs in 7.1 stages with 13 fanned.
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Odorizzi, on the other hand, will be trying to recalibrate his mechanics and resume his pace in time for the start of the second half of the season.
Odorizzi imposed a mark on the franchise in his last outing to allow home run for number 12 consecutively. He had 3.14 EFEC in nine starts but has 5.58 in his last six. He has allowed three races or more in each of those six appearances since June 2, although he has a 2-1 record in that period.
What you need to know about this game:
• Look forward to seeing multiple pitches in the strikes zone: among the opponents who have thrown 1,000 balls, Odorizzi and Pomeranz are in the first two places respectively in throwing locations in the upper part of the zone. Odorizzi launched 29.48% of the time in that area, and Pomeranz has done the same in 26.04% of the time, according to Statcast.
• Mookie Betts of Boston does not waste turns with punches caused by the pursuit of power. It is struck in 9.2% of its turns, with an average of 0.217 extrabases for each time in the plate (also known like isolated power). That 2.35 extra-base average for each punch is the best in the Seniors among qualified hitters.
• The left-handers beat .344 to Pomeranz for the year, with the Rays having 11-6 with two trebles and a home run in two games. But Pomeranz, who has not had a lot of problems with left-handers in his career, has the second-biggest difference between allowed batting averages and expected .229 left-handed batting average (a minimum of 50 shifts).