10/19/2004 1:52 AM ET
Garner mulls over Game 6 starter
Manager debating whether to start Clemens or Munro
By Jim Molony / MLB.com
HOUSTON -- Roger or rest? Houston manager Phil Garner wasn't saying who his Game 6 starter will be Monday night.
With the Astros leading St. Louis, three games to two, in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series, Garner will have to decide whether to give the ball to Roger Clemens and let the six-time Cy Young Award winner start on three days' rest or hold Clemens for a possible Game 7 on full rest.
Right-hander Peter Munro would normally take his turn Wednesday, when the NLCS resumes at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Munro pitched better than anticipated in his Game 2 start, holding the Cardinals scoreless for four innings before allowing three runs in the fifth.
Garner said Monday he hasn't announced his starter yet and told Clemens he wanted to think about the decision more before making up his mind. Matt Morris is scheduled to start for St. Louis.
"He said he was going to go with his gut," Clemens said. "He might make up his mind [Monday night] or maybe [Tuesday]."
Clemens said he did not try to influence Garner.
"He knows how I feel," Clemens said. "It's his call. I'll take the ball whenever he wants me to take it, but it's up to him."
Jim Molony is a writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.