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Houston sends "Cardinal-killer" Norris to face Garcia, Cardinals

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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jaime Garcia throws during the fourth inning of the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the Washington Nationals, Wednesday, April 20, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jaime Garcia throws during the fourth inning of the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the Washington Nationals, Wednesday, April 20, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson

(KMOV.com) – The St. Louis Cardinals and Houston Astros begin a three-game series in Houston tonight at 7:05.   Here is tonight’s pitching probables: 

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LHP Jaime Garcia (3-0, 1.44 ERA)

There is not much to complain about when it comes to Jaime Garcia.  Despite only pitching five innings in each of his last two outings, he picked up the wins in both games.  The main reason Garcia has not pitched deep into his last two games is due to high pitch counts.  He has averaged 19 pitches thrown per inning in his last two games.  The left-hander is 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA in one career start against the Houston Astros.  

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RHP Bud Norris (1-1, 4.91 ERA)

Bud Norris has a career record of 16-14 with a 4.82 ERA.  When it comes to pitching against the St. Louis Cardinals you can throw those numbers out the window.  He is 5-1 with a 2.27 ERA in six career starts against the Redbirds.  The right-hander is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts at home this season.
 

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