Pitching for the Astros has been phenomenal all season long, and the guys on the mound for Houston have only gotten better as the season has progressed.
Obviously, with the Astros currently riding a four-game winning streak, Houston’s pitching has been picture-perfect as both the starters and the bullpen have remained solid.
Bud Norris, who has dominated the St. Louis Cardinals since first donning an Astros jersey last year, had another impressive performance on Thursday afternoon at Busch Stadium.
Pitching eight innings of one-run baseball, Norris moved to 2-4 on the season while lowering his ERA to 6.03.
Houston closer Matt Lindstrom, meanwhile, has also been incredible in 2010: going 9-for9 in save opportunities and garnering an imposing 1.56 ERA.
Other starters beyond Norris include Roy Oswalt (2-4, 2.63 ERA), Brett Myers (2-2, 3.52 ERA), Wandy Rodriguez (2-4, 4.81 ERA), and Felipe Paulino (0-5, 4.67 ERA).
The Astros bullpen, beyond Lindstrom, has been very impressive this season, highlighted by relievers such as Chris Sampson (1.23 ERA) and Brandon Lyon (2-1, 3.52 ERA).
If Houston truly wants to continue this climb from the depths of the MLB cellar, they’ll need their pitching to continue their solid start.
Denton Ramsey may be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org