The young Houston Astros, better though they may be, remain a work in progress. They are much improved over the team they were when they started the 2013 season but not nearly where Bo Porter wants them to be. In their road of progress they have gotten to where they can stick close seemingly in every game they play. They get blown out every now and then but if you check the scoreboard on a nightly basis you are going to see the Astros close to whoever they are playing.
Lately those close games have been going the other way. The great thing about being able to stay close to the teams they play is that when things are going their way and momentum is on their side, they can reel off several wins in a row like they did a couple of weeks ago. As they struggle to get back on the winning side of the close contests, they will send yet another great young pitcher to the mound in Bud Norris.
Norris will be opposed by the Seattle Mariners starter Aaron Harang who has a complete game shutout and a one run performance sandwiched by two starts that saw him allow a combined 13 runs. Depending on which Harang the Mariners send out on Tuesday, this could either be a big win for the Astros, or yes, yet another close game.
I’m sure the Astros are hoping that however tough Harang is tonight, they’ll be able to stop their losing trend of late with a big win in the second game of this series. Norris is a good guy to have on the mound to get it done.