The Houston Astros won their first NL Pennant in 2005 which earned them an inaugural trip to the World Series. Although they lost handily to the reigning White Sox, they were the unlikely heroes up until that point, dispatching 2 MLB powerhouses in the form of St. Louis and Atlanta.
Roger Clements was the ace of the pitching staff, but great performances by Roy Oswalt, Lance Berkman, Morgan Ensberg and Andy Pettitte also helped the Astros compile a stellar 2005 season. This year, they have started strong with a 10-5 record that leads the strong NL Central division. With Roger Clemens' retirement (maybe), can the Astros win the NL conference again in 2006?
Now that they have my favorite pitcher of all time, Roger Clements, I have been watching them more. I really loved the new uniforms a fews years back, and have been watching them more. I would have loved to see them go out with a Series ring for Clements sake, but it was not to be. They are off to a good start this year and don't seem to be missing a beat with Clements gone.
Anyone read this article?
Roger Clemens might be coming back to the Astros! This is very exciting for me, but I wonder if the Rocket is not biting off more than he can chew.
Personally, I think he has accomplished all he can, and should just hang up the glove now. Last year was a phenomenal year for him, as we won the ERA title. The year before he won another Cy Young. He went to the World Series last year, and has played for pretty much every major team out there (Red Sox, Yankees, Blue Jays (in their hayday), Astros). Time to call it quits, in my opinion.
Lidge temporarily loses opportunity for saves
|Astros closer Brad Lidge will probably not be used in save situations for the next couple of games as he makes adjustments that manager Phil Garner hopes will be a remedy for his recent struggles|
ASTROS EXPECTED TO ANNOUNCE ROCKET SIGNING
HOUSTON (AP) -- The memory of his mother pushed Roger Clemens to come back. The chance to play with his oldest son persuaded him to pick the Houston Astros.
As I've said before, I think this is a bad mistake on the part of both Clemens and the Astros organization. However, after a great start, the team has been pretty lackluster lately, and maybe a spark like 'The Rocket' can get them back in the swing of things. Now is the time to make a move in the NL Central with Albert Pujols of the division leading Cardinals on the DL.
Astros take Aiken with draft's first pick
Cathedral Catholic left-hander is fourth local player selected No. 1 overall
The Houston Astros kept their intentions for the first pick of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player draft to themselves in the weeks prior. The Astros finally confirmed Thursday afternoon what everyone ... Ref. Source 2