Odorizzi’s curveball allowed a 30.6% line drive rate, which led to a .378 BAA against the pitch.
Among pitchers that threw 150 innings last year, Odorizzi’s fastball finished as the fifth best, per pVAL. The pitch hit a 14.9% SwStr% and 32.6% K rate, while allowing a .188 average on the pitch, all career-bests.
Odorizzi’s cutter allowed a 34.2% line drive rate, but was fortunate to allow a .270 BABIP, which led to a friendly .234 BAA.
Odorizzi’s splitter comes in seven ticks slower than his fastball and hit the zone 38.3% of the time. The pitch got a 10.6% SwStr% and 22.8% K rate, both four-year highs.
Odorizzi’s slider and cutter are similar in movement and are sometimes confused for each other. The slider got a career-high 23.3% K rate and got the second-best GB% of his career at 53.5%.
Odorizzi features four-seamers that hint at two-seam movement, and the pitch performed well (10.6 pVal). The pitch allowed a .225 BAA, 7.6 HR/FB%, and a 25.2 K%.
While Odorizzi didn’t use his slider as a strikeout pitch in 2018 (18.5%), he had some great batted-ball results, featuring a 42.1 IFFB% and a 5.3 HR/FB%.
For the second year in a row, Odorizzi’s splitter decreased in GB% (54.1% in 2016, 47.9% in 2017, 35.4% in 2018) and increased in BB% (4.9% in 2016, 6.2% in 2017, 7.4% in 2018).
Odorizzi struggled with control of his curveball in 2018, sporting a 16 BB% and a pVal of -3.6. The pitch had an 8.2 SwSt% and a 14.8 O-swing%, so not many hitters were fooled.
Odorizzi’s slider and cutter don’t have a major difference. The cutter has 2 mph of extra velocity, but both have really similar movement.