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Game 94 Preview: Nathan Eovaldi vs. Jake Odorizzi

The Rays face an old friend tonight.

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Tonight, Nathan Eovaldi and the Rays try to even the series at one apiece in the second game of a four-game set against the Twins at Target Field.

Minnesota will send Jake Odorizzi to the mound.

Both pitchers have been effective in early innings but less so the third time through the order. It will be interesting to see how deep into the game these starters will go.

Today’s game will be televised on Fox Sports Sun with the first pitch set for 8:10 PM ET.

Starting Pitchers

Nathan Eovaldi

Eovaldi has been impressive through eight starts, posting a 3-3 win-loss record with a 3.35 ERA, 24.3 K%, 3.3 BB%, and .190 opponents batting average through 48.1 innings pitched.

He is coming off a win against the Mets this past Sunday, in which he was perfect through six innings until OF Brandon Nimmo singled in the top of the seventh. His final line: 7 IP, 1 H, 9 K.

“He’s kind of been a different pitcher every time. He’s clicked with his slider. He’s clicked with his splitter,” Rays manager Kevin Cash told the media yesterday. “When he gets two or three of them going, we’re going to see those types of performances.

Through eight starts, Eovaldi has excelled against both RHB’s and LHB’s, holding hitters to the tune of .206/.220/.454 from the right side of the plate and a meager .171/.222/.303 slash-line from the left side of the plate.

Jake Odorizzi

The Rays will be facing an old friend tonight in Jake Odorizzi. The former Ray has had an up-and-down season, posting a 4-6 record with a 4.28 ERA, 4.56 FIP, and 5.10 xFIP in 96.2 innings pitched.

The right-hander is coming off a win against the Orioles on Sunday, allowing five hits and one walk while striking out five across six innings.

Odorizzi has had moderate success to both sides of the plate this season, posting a .251/.342/.407 against RHB’s and .248/.335/.522 against LHB’s.

His repertoire, per Brooks Baseball:

Jake Odorizzi has thrown 14,102 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2012 and 2018, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (92mph), also mixing in a Slider (83mph), Splitter (85mph), Sinker (91mph), Cutter (86mph) and Curve (73mph). He also rarely throws a Change (84mph).

Here’s how often he has used those offerings:

And here is how batters have fared against those pitches: