Baseball Toaster Bad Altitude
Astros 11, Rockies 5
2005-06-28 13:06
by Mark T.R. Donohue

I turned away from this one fairly soon, as it was obvious Jamey Wright had nothing and I wanted to watch the Padres-Dodgers game, which ended up being infinitely more interesting. Looking quickly at the box score, at looks like at least the top of the lineup had a good night, as Gonzalez, Atkins, and Helton all had two hits. Garrett Atkins is having a pretty good year, huh? His home/away splits are brutal though (1.087 home OPS vs. .548 on the road). Zany.

I was on the fence about going to the game tonight and then I realized: This could well be my last chance to see Roger Clemens pitch in person. Clemens may return for another year or even two in Houston, but there is no guarantee that he will start in Denver ever again. Seriously, if you can can make it to Coors tonight, do it. He's only the greatest pitcher of my lifetime, and in many people's opinions of all time. I don't really like him very much personally -- I'm a Curt Schilling guy -- but his portfolio is pretty undeniable. There's a debate over whether he should enter the Hall with a Red Sox or Yankees hat. I think they should just induct him twice, first the skinny, flighty Boston version and then the heavy, cranky New York version a few years later when he becomes eligible. It's up to the Veterans' Committee whether to let in the Blue Jay Clemens.

Update: According to ESPN Radio's Dan Patrick, Clemens can set a record tonight for the most consecutive scoreless road innings to begin a season. As if I needed further incentive!

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