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.