Aug 15, 2010, 9:51 AM EDT
Astros starter Bud Norris set a Minute Maid Park record on Saturday, striking out 14 batters over seven innings in a 3-2 victory over the Pirates.
Norris is an odd talent. He’ll show flashes of great potential, then get totally shelled next time out. It’s partly control problems, and partly the fact that he is still learning. Either way, the 25-year-old’s fastball is consistently clocked in the mid-90s and he has a slider that serves as a quality out pitch when it’s moving how he wants.
Norris is averaging 9.75 strikeouts per nine innings this season and ran into an awful Pirates team. It was a match made in heaven, and he made it work in record-breaking fashion. Now look for him to be blown up next time out against the Mets.
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