CHICAGO -- Let's take a breath here.The Astros have dropped the first two games of a best-of-seven postgame series before and then gone home to sweep the next three. It happened last year in the National League Championship Series against the Cardinals, before the Astros lost in seven games, and could happen again in the World Series. The Astros play the White Sox on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at Minute Maid Park, where the flip-top roof can shield both teams from the elements, although the weather is expected to be lovely. "No one ever said it was going to be easy," said Andy Pettitte, who wasn't around to get the decision in Sunday's Game 2, 7-6 loss in the rain and gunk of U.S. Cellular Field that gave the White Sox a 2-0 lead. "But we're just looking forward to getting home and getting out of this weather. We've got three at home. Hopefully we can bring this back here and take the Series."
Will we ever see Roger Clemens pitch again? The superstar right-hander has been hobbled by left hamstring problems since the last weeks of the regular season, and had to come out of Game 1 after two innings with a recurrence of the same strain. Clemens is 43 and a bulldog, but even he has limitations. Final count: 21 seasons, 341 wins, 12 more in the postseason and 4,502 strikeouts?
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.