The Houston Astros were scheduled to pitch 28-year-old right-hander Bud Norris Tuesday night against the Baltimore Orioles. However, a few hours prior to the game, the Astros decided to scratch Norris from his start. Norris has pitched well this season, producing a 6-3 record with a 3.93 ERA and 90 strikeouts. He is on pace for his first winning record since his rookie season with the team.
A scratch for Norris means that a trade between Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon could happen. Houston wants to keep Norris fresh because if there is a trade, a team is not going to get a pitcher they need to wait four or five days to get ready to pitch. At least this is the case with Norris.
This is the only indication that a trade is plausible. Norris has been the talk of a few trade rumors the past few weeks but Houston as not pulled the trigger. The opposing Orioles happened to be one team that was interested in Norris’ services. There is also a strong indication that Norris will get dealt.
Aside from the Orioles, the Pittsburgh Pirates have also been hot on Norris’ tail. Houston likes right-handed pitcher Tyler Glasnow and outfielder Gregory Polanco. However, it has been said that the Pirates are not willing to deal Polanco.
It will be interesting to see who wins the Norris sweepstakes. Both the Pirates and Orioles like Norris, but we will see who Houston chooses to send him too.