Before the season began, many people thought the Astros in their rebuilding mode were destined to lose over 100 games for the second straight season. The club was without any established hitters in their prime and the new young regulars had not proven anything yet in the major leagues.
The pitching staff was headed by an under achiever with a great arm and a veteran lefty who had only been a .500 pitcher during his career. But so far, led by those two pitchers, things have changed.
Bud Norris has been living up to all that has been hoped from him and more. Things were rocky in April, but since May began he has won four games with an earned run average of 0.35. Fellow starter Wandy Rodriguez has won four games overall with an earned run average for the season in the low 2.00 range.
It may be contagious. J.A. Happ has been superb in his last two starts. With one inning exception Jordan Lyles has been impressive when he has been able to work. And Lucas Harrell has been a solid "han...