In Win Over Rangers Jake Odorizzi Shows Off New Changeup

New Changeup Pays Big Dividends For Rays Odorizzi

Jake Odorizzi won the job as the Rays fifth starter in large part to the quick development of a split-change up – a pitch he picked up from fellow teammate Alex Cobb.

During the Grapefruit League he showed extreme confidence in the pitch and continued to work on its development despite being in competition for the fifth and final rotation spot.

Adding the new pitch was something that he felt could really help him syaing, “I think it’ll play in very well, better than my previous changeup from years past. And it’s an easier pitch for me to throw for a strike, too. I think it’ll be a huge weapon going into the year after I get some work on it.”

In picking up his first major league victory over the Texas Rangers  he worked six scoreless innings allowing only three hits striking out four and walking three.  He effectively used the changeup to keep the Ranger hitters off balance as well as to pick up some key strikeouts along the way. 

Leonys Martin sees four straight changeups and can not connect:

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Donnie Murphy Fails To Make Contact:
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Shin-Soo Choo Whiffs On Nasty Thing:
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Jake Odorizzi Talks About First Major League Victory – Calls It A Team Win:

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