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2011 Rockies Game #130: Bud Norris vs. THE DEBUT OF ALEX WHITE

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Alex White makes his Rockies, Coors and National League debut tonight. Watch for heavy sink on his low to mid 90's fastball, a pitch he toys with but throws derivatives of at least three quarters of the time. No doubt he will go fastball heavy early in the game as he gets a feel of Coors Field before breaking out his slider and split fingered pitch.

White had a 2.31 ERA in his minor league career with a K/BB around 3.00. He found success in three MLB starts this spring with Cleveland before being felled by the Jorge de la Rosa injury, version 2010.

The Rockies are 2-1-2 in their last five series, so a win tonight means Colorado will have lost just one of their last six series since being swept by the Phillies August 1-3. Granted, they are only 10-8 on that stretch, but hey - it's something.

Bud Norris

#20 / Pitcher / Houston Astros

6-0

220

R

R

Mar 02, 1985

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Bud Norris 6-8 25 25 0 0 0 0 152.0 143 73 61 19 59 145 3.61 1.33

Norris is one of those guys who are relatively unknown, with the name on the front of the jersey obscuring the one on the back. He has a wicked slider when located well that translates into a great strikeout pitch. In fact, he's currently 14th in MLB in strikeout rate, sandwiched between Roy Halladay and Felix Hernandez. He won't be an easy target.

Alex White

#32 / Pitcher / Colorado Rockies

6-3

200

R

R

Aug 29, 1988

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Alex White 1-0 3 3 0 0 0 0 15.0 14 7 6 3 9 13 3.60 1.53