Bud Norris, Houston Astros starting pitcher, has been completely dominant at home dating back to last season.
He continued that dominance tonight. Other than the first inning, the Los Angeles Angels didn’t really hit anything extremely hard. Even the home run from Josh Hamilton was a cheap, Minute Maid Park special. Norris did everything a pitcher wants to do and seemed to be in the zone today.
Norris, who usually throws a lot of pitches, was extremely economical in tonight’s start. While working into the ninth, he had only thrown 84 pitches. Though Norris had the chance to finish off his first-ever complete game, he just couldn’t close it out. After allowing back-to-back singles in the ninth inning, Astros’ manager Bo Porter pulled him from the game.
While Bud Norris couldn’t finish the complete game, he did get the win and propel the Astros to a series win over the Angels.
The starting pitching was going to have be good if the Astros wanted to get it going against the lowly Angels, but I’m not sure anyone saw this coming from Norris. He has been a completely different pitcher at home since last year, but this is the absolute best I’ve seen Norris pitch, and I’ve seen him take a no-hitter into the seventh inning.
In both games, he gave up home runs, but I’m not sure I’ve seen a pitcher be this economical before, especially not Bud Norris. This is definitely a step in the right direction for the right-hander. All the Astros can hope for is that he can pitch like this on the road.
Coming into the American League West, I thought these lineups would handle Norris and drop his trade stock, but if anything, he has bumped up his trade stock. Now I know Astros fans don’t want to talk about it, but Norris has a legitimate chance to be a nice trade asset this season. If he continues to do this, that move will come sooner than later.
Bartender, I’ll take a Bud.