The last time you heard that Bud Norris was dominating was... likely never. At his best, he was a good-but-not-great starter with Houston who slowly slipped into irrelevancy as he aged.
The end of his career as an effective starter was seemingly epitomized in one 2016 start, while he was with the Braves—an April 27 outing against the Red Sox. Posting a Game Score of just 5, Norris lasted just 13 hitters before receiving the hook, allowing six runs on seven hits, walking one and striking out none.
Oddly enough, Atlanta shipped him to the Dodgers midway through last year, and Norris had something of a revolution, at least by his standards. In his first start, he pitched six innings of shutout baseball with eight strikeouts. Where did this Bud Norris come from? we all wondered. But, in true Norris fashion, he regressed, ending up with a 6.54 ERA in his 42 2⁄3 innings with Los Angeles.
Norris signed on with the other Los Angeles team over the offseason, inking a minors pact with the Angels of Anaheim. A strong Spring Training earned him a spot as the long reliever. But, by April 22, he was closing.
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