The Baseball Desert

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Absolutely, positively the last time

I know that this postseason has thrown up its share of surprises, but I think we can probably say with some certainty that tonight will be Roger Clemens' last-ever appearance as a starter (note that I'm still qualifying the statement with "as a starter", just as Joe Torre did in yesterday's press conference - he didn't rule out the possibility of Clemens being used in relief should this thing go to Game 7...).

Clemens will be facing Carl Pavano in Game 4, and it should be another interesting matchup. Clemens will want to finish his major-league career on a high note, but Pavano will be no pushover - he's one of the Marlins' unsung heroes in this postseason, with a 2-0 record and a 1.59 ERA.