Twins | 42-49 overall, 27-21 at home, 7-3 in their last 10
Jake Odorizzi | 4-6, 4.28 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 2.32 K:BB
Rays | 48-45 overall, 22-28 on the road, 6-4 in their last 10
Nathan Eovaldi | 3-3, 3.35 ERA, 0.81 WHIP, 7.33 K:BB
Jake Odorizzi is one of 22 American League pitchers who’ve racked up 100 or more strikeouts this season, joining fellow Twins Jose Berrios and Kyle Gibson to have accomplished that feat. Odorizzi is 15th among qualified AL starters with a 9.5 K/9. Tampa Bay dealt Odorizzi to the Twins after he spent five seasons with them, so he’s no doubt going to be out to prove that was a mistake.
Eovaldi missed all of 2017, but appears to be putting everything together in his age 28 season. OK, maybe it’s a bit premature to say that, as he’s only made eight starts, but man has he looked good. The right-hander has given up just two runs over his last three starts (0.95 ERA) and in that 19-inning stretch has 23 strikeouts against just three walks.
Brian Dozier is hitting .455/.538/.727 in 13 plate appearances against Eovaldi and Max Kepler has two homers against him despite facing Eovaldi just five times.
Here’s hoping for some good luck all across Twins Territory on this Friday the 13th.