At this point, there are probably not a ton of pitchers who want to be on the roster of the Houston Astros as they make their move from the National League to the American League. The Astros are going to be young and quite inexperienced in 2013, which isn’t going to lead to a lot of wins for their starting pitchers. It is likely that Houston will have Bud Norris pitching Opening Day against the Texas Rangers, which is going to be an awful task to deal with right away.
Norris is 28-37 for his career after a 7-13 season in 2012. With the inexperience on this team and after a bunch of trades, Norris is now the default No. 1 starter for this Astros team. I really think Houston has the potential of finishing with over 110 losses for the 2013 campaign, which is very sad to see for an organization that was just in the World Series eight years ago.
Norris is going to have to be the one pitcher that brings a stable force to the Houston rotation, as hard as it sounds.
While Houston will have Philip Humber and Erik Bedard in their rotation this year, it is going to be up to Norris to lead this Astros team. I know I wouldn’t want to be in the shoes of Norris this season, with very little offense likely around him.
It is going to be a long season for fans in Houston with this league move, and pitchers like Mike Scott or J.R. Richard aren’t coming through the door, so Norris might have to win 12-15 games just so the team doesn’t finish with 110 losses.