Posted: Aug 11, 2021 / 1:46 AM MDT
Updated: August 11, 2021 / 1:46 AM MDT
Looking for something to get Jake Odorizzi back on track. Houston’s manager Dusty Baker announced to the veteran right-handed that his battery colleague would be different on Tuesday.
After Odorizzi had served the combination of catchers Jason Castro (10 times) and Garrett Stubbs (4 times) in his last 14 starts of the season, he had Martin Maldonado as his backstop for the start of an interleague series with two games against the Colorado Rockies . The results were favorable as Odorizzi turned five innings with three goals in the Astros 5-0 home win.
“He seemed more relaxed and just threw it,” said Baker of Odorizzi, who threw 49 of 81 throws for strikes. “Sometimes a change of scenery is good at the moment.”
Odorizzi took responsibility for his recent fights and decided not to read too much into the change in personnel behind the record. Odorizzi was 1-2 with an 8.82 ERA in his last four starts.
“It was good,” said Odorizzi. “I’m cool with anyone who wants to catch me. I’m not saying that I do better with a man because every game is unique. Maldy and I worked well together. It’s all execution.
“Whoever the catcher is, it’s up to me to do everything well. I like to throw at our two catchers. You can’t go wrong between (Castro) and Maldy. “
Left-hander Framber Valdez (7-3, 3.22 ERA) will start the final of the two-game interleague series for the Astros Wednesday. He allowed four runs with six hits and three walks with seven strikeouts in a 5-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins on his previous start on Thursday. Since his return from the injury list on May 28, Valdez has ranked first in wins and innings (78 1/3) in the American League and seventh in the ERA. He has played the Rockies before, allowing three runs (one earned) on seven hits and one walk with five strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings in a 13-6 street win on August 19, 2020.
Right-hander Antonio Senzatela (2-8, 4.73 ERA) starts for the Rockies on Wednesday. He was reinstated from the COVID-IL and made his first start since July 7th, allowing four runs with seven hits and one walk with six strikeouts over 4 2/3 innings against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday. He’s 0-5 with a 6.03 ERA on the road this season, and the Rockies are winless in his seven starts on the road.
Senzatela has made a career start against the Astros, throwing eight scoreless innings and allowing three hits with six strikeouts in the Rockies’ 2-1 road loss on August 18, 2020.
The Rockies have continued their extreme battles on the streets after a 5-1 homestand where they scored 17 homers with just five hits – four of them singles – opening against the Astros. Colorado suffered its 14th shutout loss this season, all on the road.
The Rockies had won 6 of 13 on the road since July 9, but arrived in Houston with the biggest home-road win-win difference in Major League history for an entire season.
“Of course that’s not something we strive for,” said Rockies manager Bud Black. “We’ve been better on the road lately, but not (Tuesday).”