It took Jake Odorizzi until the first week of March of 2021 to sign a two-year contract with the Houston Astros after he became a free agent following his underwhelming 2020 season.
It was his first year in the big leagues and he finished with a 6-7 record and a 4.21 era in 24 appearances (including 23 starts).
As a long reliever in the postseason, on October 16th, he pitched four innings in Game 2 of the ALCS against the Boston Red Sox.
In the first inning, Luis Garcia gave up four runs and was replaced by Odorizzi after the first batter walked in the second inning.
His ability to pitch until the end of the 5th inning saved some of the team’s most essential relievers for future games.
Once again he was summoned to the mound in the opening inning of a World Series Game 1 against the Atlanta Braves on October 26th, after the starting pitcher, Framber Valdez, had surrendered five runs over two innings.
Despite only pitching 2/3 of an inning, Jake was able to hold the opposition to a run on a single hit while fanning 5 batters.
With six starts under his belt in 2022, the right-hander was pitching 3-2, 3.38, but had to be carried out of a game against the Boston Red Sox on May 16 after slipping while trying to cover first base.
Damage to his tendons and ligaments, but not a torn Achilles heel, was found by an MRI. However, he would be out for an extended amount of time.
What Team Is Jake Odorizzi On?
Jake Odorizzi is on the Houston Astros Team. Odorizzi signed a two-year, $23.5 million contract with the Houston Astros on March 8, 2021.