HOUSTON - Left-hander Wandy Rodriguez, at a seasoned 33 years old, made the first opening-day start of his eight-year career on Friday night.
Right-hander Lucas Harrell made on Saturday just his third start with the Astros since being claimed off waivers from the White Sox last July.
Right-hander Bud Norris, who just three summers ago was the brash and cocky midseason call-up, opened his age-27 season with 395.1 innings with the Astros, second only to Rodriguez within their rotation.
For a roster rife with uncertainty, the Astros' rotation is a study of inexperience and unfamiliarity. Rodriguez is the de facto staff ace and Norris second in command. Kyle Weiland and Harrell are simply trying to find a home with their second organizations, and even the most casual Astros fan is abreast of the woes J.A. Happ endured in 2011.
For one weekend the past was rendered irrelevant. The Astros won their rubber match with the Colorado Rockies 3-2 on Sunday at Minute Maid Park thanks in larg...