Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Rocket Returns To Houston

Bill Simmons can breathe a sigh of relief. Roger Clemens won't be a Red Sox this year, or a Yankee, or a Ranger. He has resigned with Houston, and should be back in their rotation by the end of June.

The defending National League champs currently sit in third in their division, six and a half behind the Cardinals. They're only 3 1/2 out of the wild card lead, but also have six teams ahead of them in that particular race. Still, the return of Clemens can't come soon enough for these Astros. They stand one game above .500, but have a run differential of -21, which tells us that they have either been really lucky, or that when they lose, they lose badly. While he won't help the offense (tied for 10th in the league in runs scored), he should boost a pitching staff that has allowed the second most runs in the league.

But can he do enough to push them past the rest of the pack and into the playoffs? I don't think so. So I don't see Roger going out a winner. On the other hand, going out with $13 mil for 3 1/2 months of work isn't a bad way to exit either.


At 10:32 AM, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

What a tool. He makes Favre look gracious. Why can't these guys just walk away?

At 3:46 PM, Blogger Avi Schaumberg said...

Why walk away when you're still a better pitcher than most guys in the league?

Only months ago, Andy, you argued that Clemens should have been awarded the Cy Young.

Wouldn't it be sinful for a guy capable of that kind of performance to withhold his talent?

While I'm happy the Rocket is coming back, the following bits of inanery are annoying: "Clemens will rejoin the Astros, first agreeing to a minor-league contract that will pay $322,000 over the five-month season. His first start will likely be with Lexington, Ky., the single A team where his oldest son, Koby, plays.When he is added to the big-league club, he will get a one-year contract worth $22,000,022 — a nod to his uniform number, 22."

At 3:55 PM, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

I don't care if he plays. I agree that he still will be an elite player. What I care about is the show he has put on for the past four years, holding out on whether he will play or not. Just shit or get off the pot, already. It's just ego. He wants people to be begging for him to return. That is what bugs me.

At 4:15 PM, Blogger mudcrutch79 said...

The Pete Munro Doctrine are thankful for his return.


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