Bud Norris: There's a New Sheriff in Houston

Richard ZowieCorrespondent IAugust 5, 2009

KISSIMMEE, FL - FEBRUARY 21:  Pitcher Bud Norris of the Houston Astros poses during photo day at Astros spring training complex on February 21, 2009 in Kissimmee, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

You know, folks, I was actually just kidding about the Bud Norris "facts."

You know, the humorous ripoff I did of the Chuck Norris "facts" simply because Bud shares a surname with Chuck.

But Bud has shown, as a Houston Astros pitcher, he can indeed be as nasty towards opposing hitters (including even Albert Pujols) as Chuck Norris was against the scum of the earth on Walker, Texas Ranger.

Norris, making only his second major league appearance and his very first major league start against the St. Louis Cardinals, had this most impressive pitching line: seven innings, two hits, no earned runs, and five strikeouts. He did walk four. He's sporting a 0.90 ERA. He even took a no-hitter into the sixth inning.

It had to be a boost for Houston. For once, Cardinals pitcher Chris Wainwright scattered eight hits over seven innings, yielding two runs while striking out five against Houston and still lost.