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Astros name Bud Norris as Opening Day starter

Mar 20, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

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Bud Norris will start on Opening Day for the Astros, who chose him over Lucas Harrell for the Game 1 assignment.

Harrell was better last season, with a 3.76 ERA in 194 innings compared to a 4.65 ERA in 168 innings for Norris, but Norris has been with the Astros for four seasons and that makes him the longest-tenured member of the rotation.

Along with announcing Norris as the Opening Day starter the Astros also announced that Jordan Lyles will begin the season at Triple-A, which was the speculation two weeks ago because he was getting knocked around in spring training.

  1. digbysellers - Mar 20, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Good luck Bud…you’re going to need it.

  2. markofapro - Mar 20, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Who?

    • tuberippin - Mar 20, 2013 at 8:38 PM

      Did you seriously come to a site for baseball-obsessed people and ask who the #1 starter on the Houston Astros is? smh

  3. bouwel92 - Mar 20, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Now i like Bud Norris, but it would have been alot smarter to put Lucas as the opening day starter and have Norris starting the next game.

  4. unlost1 - Mar 20, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    makes no difference when they are playing the Rangers the first series

  5. jeffa43 - Mar 20, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    It is clear that Harrell is the number 1, there is no way to dispute that. This may have to do with being rewarded for progress, attitude, seniority…. And to be labeled as the #1 for future trade talks.

    Either way he and Harrell would have been 1 & 2.
    Go Stros!

    • stex52 - Mar 20, 2013 at 10:01 PM

      Probably right. This is a make or break season for Norris. I sort of see it as an indirect way to tell him to step up. He has more potential to develop than Harrell.

      It’s sort of an honorary thing. I like Harrell’s persistence. But this is a strategic gesture.

    • meganlopez023 - Mar 24, 2013 at 3:45 PM

      They picked Norris for Opening Day, because he should get 2 home starts to start the season. He had ridiculous home/road splits last season: 1.71 ERA (best for starters in the NL if I remember correctly) .199 AVG 0.96 WHIP

  6. markofapro - Mar 20, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    Hey, tuberbut – Do you know what a joke means?

    • stex52 - Mar 20, 2013 at 10:02 PM

      With the way things are going with Astros fans, maybe not the best guys to bait.

  7. blazertop - Mar 20, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Unfortunately, they could start Koufax, Maddux, Ryan, Lefty, and Cy Young this year…and still lose 90 games

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