Houston Astros starting pitcher Bud Norris K’d 6 in a 6 inning effort against the New York Mets Wednesday night. He now has 26 K’s in 22 IP over 4 starts in 2011, but has maintained an ugly 4.91 ERA.
Analysis Norris looked strong against the Mets, simply mystifying good batters such as David Wright and Ike Davis. But Norris has done this before. For him, it’s about putting together a series of good, consistent starts. K’s are great, but wins and good ratios would be better. Interestingly, Norris has lowered his BB/9 from 4.51 in 2010 to 3.38 at the present time. And yet, while his control is there and he’s striking out 11.25/9IP, he’s ratios stink. I’m blaming this on his HR/9 ratio, which is a career high 1.69. Expect bumps in the road, and perhaps 2011 isn’t the breakout, but he’s very young and there are still many positive signs here.