Norris looks to stay dominant vs. Cards on Wednesday
Houston Astros starting pitcher Bud Norris throws during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Wednesday, July 27, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
HOUSTON (BaseballStL) – The St. Louis Cardinals should expect to have their hands full when they square off against the Houston Astros and, in particular, Wednesday’s starter Bud Norris.
Despite mediocre numbers in his career, Norris has been dominant against the Cardinals, a club he has faced more than any other team. He possesses a 7-2 record with a 2.17 earned run average in 11 career starts against the Cardinals, but is only 19-24 against the rest of the league.
Most recently, Norris limited the Cardinals to only three hits in six shutout innings on May 5.
If there is any good news for the Cardinals it might be that Norris allowed nine earned runs in 1.2 innings pitched in his last outing on May 31. But on the other hand, Norris had allowed 14 earned runs in the previous three games pitched before facing the Cardinals in an 8-2 win last month.
Norris has allowed 15 hits and 12 earned runs in the last 6.1 innings pitched while battling a strained hip flexor.
Overall, the right-hander is 5-2 with a 4.52 earned run average in eleven starts this season. He will be opposed by Adam Wainwright on Wednesday night.