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Bud Norris owns the Cardinals, again

Sep 27, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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Bud Norris has been so good against the Cardinals over the years–and so mediocre against just about everyone else–that St. Louis scribes Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch and Matthew Leach of MLB.com have a running joke with fans on Twitter about his dominance using the hashtag #BudChuck.

Norris did it again last night, shutting out the Cardinals for 7.1 innings after coming into the game 5-13 with a 5.05 ERA this season, out-dueling Chris Carpenter while snapping an 18-start winless streak.

For his career Norris now has a 2.74 ERA in 15 starts versus St. Louis, compared to a 4.83 ERA in 81 starts versus all other teams. That includes yearly ERAs of 0.00, 3.38, 2.52, and now 3.52 against the Cardinals.

  1. elmaquino - Sep 27, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Stupid narrative. Cardinals kicked the crap out of Norris all year long except for the game last night; but because he did so well last year, we get to keep hearing about how this mostly obscure Astros starter always gets their goat.

    • thefalcon123 - Sep 27, 2012 at 10:59 AM

      “we get to keep hearing about how this mostly obscure Astros starter always gets their goat.”

      That’s because “For his career Norris now has a 2.74 ERA in 15 starts versus St. Louis, compared to a 4.83 ERA in 81 starts versus all other teams.”

      This year, he had two great starts, one mediocre start and two bad starts against the Cardinals.

      • elmaquino - Sep 27, 2012 at 11:08 AM

        “two great starts, one mediocre start and two bad starts” isn’t enough to keep bringing it up. But I’m a Cards fan so maybe it’s more annoying to me since I hear a bout it five times a year.

  2. shaggylocks - Sep 27, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    You know what would have been good? If you had mentioned just once what team Bud Norris plays for. A little Journalism 101 tip for ya.

    • nategearhart - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:04 PM

      The game’s NAME is a link to all the information you ever wanted to know, for crying out loud. But yeah, it’s Aaron’s fault that you didn’t know that.

      • shaggylocks - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:35 PM

        Ah, don’t include basic information in the body of the article, include it is a hyperlink. That musta been Journalism 102.

        Yeah, there are plenty of ways I could have found out that Bud Norris plays for the Astros (look! I figured it out!), but if you’re writing about Bud Norris on a baseball blog, that’s a basic piece of information that should be included. Maybe not if you’re writing about, say, Derek Jeter, but definitely if you’re writing about Bud Norris.

  3. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Sep 27, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Bud Norris is tougher on Cardinal Nation than a fifth-grade spelling test.

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:19 PM

      Once again…ole’ Chip brings something worthwhile (and incredibly intelligent) to the discussion.
      I bet you are one helluva guy to hang out with. Way to keep it classy C.C.

      • El Bravo - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:51 PM

        Leave Chip alone!

  4. stlouis1baseball - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    There is a reason why we have been referring to him as Bud ‘Cy’ Norris on the Cardinals site for the last several years. The dude has been a Cardinals killer his whole career. The two bad starts this year (our of 5) are a huge improvement for the Cardinals.

    • paperlions - Sep 27, 2012 at 3:38 PM

      Exactly. Every time I see him in the schedule, I know I can look forward to a bunch of feeble swing on things that look like BP….and a lot of caught lookings on an 89 MPH FB down the middle.

  5. kelshannon19 - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    It was a fitting way to end National League baseball in Houston and a great last final call for Milo Hamilton. Astros and Cardinals have had a great rivalry over the years in the regular season and in the playoffs. I for one will miss it. Heres to Astros-Cards World Series sometime down road. (Long, long, longgg road)

  6. El Bravo - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    His nickname is Buddy No-No. Get it right. If he ever pitches a no-no, it will be even more appropriate.

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:53 PM

      Can’t help it Bravo. Dude grates on my nerves like no other.

      • El Bravo - Sep 27, 2012 at 4:43 PM

        It Saul Goodman. (Breaking Bad joke) See you in the one-game playoff! Your Cards better not keep the Bravos from the Divisional again this year. This is the year of Chipper dagnammit!

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