Posted May 20, 2012 on AP on Fox
Houston Astros starter Bud Norris wanted to improve upon a spotty 2011, and he's doing just that. The slumping Chicago Cubs might not be able to do much to slow down his strong start to 2012. Norris will try to win a career-best fourth consecutive start Monday night at Minute Maid Park, where the Astros and Cubs begin the final season of their NL Central rivalry. Norris (4-1, 3.58 ERA) set career bests last season with 176 strikeouts, 186 innings pitched and a 3.77 ERA, but he finished 6-11 and put too much pressure on the Astros bullpen by failing to go six innings in 11 of his 31 outings. "He came in saying he wanted to have a different year this year and I think with the way he's gone about his business and gone about how he's pitched has been along those lines,'' manager Brad Mills said after Norris struck out a season-high nine and allowed one run in seven innings of Wednesday's 8-3 victory over Milwaukee. "There's no reason to think that's going to change as he continues t...
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