In Daniel Norris’ first start of the season, he had to face the 2016 AL Cy Young winner in Rick Porcello, who had control of the Game Score Belt. Norris wasn’t fazed.
The Belt defender, Rick Porcello, had an okay game. In six innings, he struck out eight, but gave up 11 hits, four runs (three earned), and a homer to Nicholas Castellanos. He put up a Game Score of 42.
The challenger, Daniel Norris, had a solid start. In six and one-third innings, Norris only struck out two while walking three, but only gave up seven hits and three earned runs. This was good for a Game Score of 51, beating Porcello by nine to take control of the Belt.
However, despite the Belt switching hands (waists?), the Red Sox beat the Tigers 7-5 fueled by their four-run eighth inning.
Daniel Norris’ 20 consecutive starts allowing three or fewer runs are good for baseball’s longest active streak, and it could be tough to rob him of the Belt. His next start will likely be against Cleveland, but they have not announced their rotation for that game yet. It could very well be against Corey Kluber.