Bud Norris (US Presswire)
Quick, everyone go to your fantasy league's home page, click the "PLAYERS" tab, filter for "All Pitchers" and "Last 14 Days (total)," then sort the results by "Rank."
There's a decent chance that the name at the top of your list is Bud Norris, the dude pictured above. He ranks as the No. 5 overall player in fantasy over the past two weeks (and the No. 2 pitcher, behind only Justin Verlander). Norris is currently unowned in 49 percent of Yahoo! leagues, so several thousand of you can add him today, in advance of a two-start week. Norris has tossed four straight quality starts for Houston and he's earned wins in each of his last three games. His ERA so far this month is 0.47, his WHIP is 0.84, and he's struck out 21 batters in 19.0 innings.
Norris had a pretty fair season in 2011, too, so the recent hot streak shouldn't come as a huge surprise. If for some reason you care more about his intangibles than his tangibles, here's a delightful Mic'd Up segment with Bud, via MLB.com. Just please make the add before you watch that clip. Norris gets the Cubs on Monday, and there's no reason to think that won't go well.
Make the jump for all the Week 8 two-start pitchers, ranked and tiered...
You're getting something like the 2001 version of Kerry Wood...
Gio Gonzalez — at PHI (Kendrick), at ATL (Beachy)
Roy Halladay — WAS (Zimmerman), at STL (Wainwright)
Matt Cain — at MIL (Marcum), at MIA (Nolasco)
Brandon Beachy — at CIN (Latos), WAS (Gonzalez)
Madison Bumgarner — at MIL (Wolf), at MIA (Buehrle)
Johan Santana — at PIT (Bedard), SD (Richard)
Matt Garza — at HOU (Norris), at PIT (Bedard)
And this is more like 2004 Kerry Wood...
Bud Norris — CHC (Garza), at LAD (Capuano)
Chris Capuano — at ARI (Corbin), HOU (Norris)
Mark Buehrle — COL (Moyer), SF (Bumgarner)
Jaime Garcia — SD (Richard), PHI (Kendrick)
RA Dickey — at PIT (McDonald), SD (Volquez)
Mat Latos — ATL (Beachy), COL (Moyer)
Erik Bedard — NYM (Santana), CHC (Garza)
Edinson Volquez — at STL (Wainwright), at NYM (Dickey)
And now we're into '05-'06 Wood...
Adam Wainwright — SD (Volquez), PHI (Halladay)
Ricky Nolasco — COL (Nicasio), SF (Cain)
Kyle Kendrick — WAS (Gonzalez), at STL (Garcia)
And these guys are just too dangerous.
Jamie Moyer — at MIA (Buehrle), at CIN (Latos)
Clayton Richard — at STL (Garcia), at NYM (Santana)
Randy Wolf — SF (Bumgarner), at ARI (TBD)
Mike Minor — at CIN (Leake), WAS (Strasburg)
Mike Leake — ATL (Minor), COL (Guthrie)
CJ Wilson — at OAK (McCarthy), at SEA (Noesi)
Felix Hernandez — TEX (Darvish), LAA (Williams)
Yu Darvish — at SEA (Hernandez), TOR (Drabek)
Hiroki Kuroda — KC (Paulino), at OAK (Milone)
Jeremy Hellickson — TOR (Drabek), at BOS (Buchholz)
Gavin Floyd — MIN (Walters), CLE (Jimenez)
OK, we've reached the end of "trust," and moved to "hope"...
Kyle Drabek — at TB (Hellickson), at TEX (Darvish)
Felipe Paulino — at NYY (Kuroda), at BAL (Chen)
Jerome Williams — at OAK (Milone), at SEA (Hernandez)
Tommy Milone — LAA (Williams), NYY (Kuroda)
...and now we're all out of hope.
Tommy Hunter — BOS (Buchholz), KC (Hochevar)
Clay Buchholz — at BAL (Hunter), TB (Hellickson)
Ubaldo Jimenez — DET (Porcello), at CHW (Floyd)
Rick Porcello — at CLE (Jimenez), at MIN (Walters)
Hector Noesi — TEX (Harrison), LAA (Wilson)
Luke Hochevar — at NYY (Hughes), at BAL (Hunter)
PJ Walters — at CHW (Floyd), DET (Porcello)
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