What others say
I am going full disclosure: I am subscribed to The Sporting News since last year, and I find it a very good read, and they, in my humble and very own opinion, treat the Astros fairly (Roger Clemens was in the cover, they named Willy Taveras their rookie of the year, they interviewed Morgan Ensberg). They have this email sent out every Tuesday to subscribers called "Tuesday Morning Stretch" and they discussed, among other topics, this subject:
CAN THE ROCKET SAVE THE ASTROS?
Here’s what they said.
I wasn’t aware that the Astros (32-32) needed saving. At this point last year, the eventual National League champs were 12 games under .500 and 14 1/2 games back in the division. That team needed saving. This one is within reach of the Albert Pujols-less Cards (six games), and it would be in the playoff hunt in September even without Rocket. Having Clemens makes it more likely that playoff hunt will end well.
I haven’t seen this much excitement about an old guy since Gerald Ford took over for Tricky ****. Clemens can’t save the Astros pitching six strong innings every fifth day. Heck, the team never won in his starts last year, anyway. If the Astros are to be saved, and I don’t believe they will, it’ll be because Roy Oswalt is healthy, Andy Pettitte remembers how to pitch and Jason Lane stops his Mario Mendoza impersonation.
What do you guys think?