Astros Game 1 analysis
Clemens' early exit and missed opportunities hurt Houston
CHICAGO -- The Astros lost Game 1 of the World Series, 5-3, in disappointing fashion. Roger Clemens, their future Hall of Fame pitcher, couldn't come back out for the third inning because of a recurring injury to his left hamstring. Runners were left stranded in scoring position like too many ducks on a pond.They've done it before: lost Game 1 and then came back to win the series. Check out the first game of the National League Championship Series against the Cardinals, also a 5-3 loss. The Astros came back to win four of the next five and their first pennant. Game 2 could be pivotal, or maybe it won't be. The Astros lost the first two games of the NLCS at St. Louis last season, then won out at home to take a 3-2 lead before they lost the series in seven games.
Why is Jeff Bagwell in the starting lineup? There's plenty of sentiment for the 15-year veteran who's been the heart and soul of the Astros franchise for his entire career. But right-shoulder surgery kept him out from May 4 to Sept. 9, and he's been limited to pinch-hitting since then. He was the DH in Game 1, striking out with runners on second and third with two out in the eighth. Burke back in, Bags out?
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.