The Astros now have one of the best rotations in baseball with Roy Oswalt, Andy Pettitte, Roger Clemens and Wade Miller. For years now the Astros have had one of the better bullpens in the National League, but not enough starting pitching to consistently get to the sixth inning of games. With the combination of Pettitte and Clemens, that should be taken care of this season.
Clemens was entering the toughest year of retirement for a pitcher -- the first. He's still in good shape and knows he can still strike out batters. Last season, he won 17 games while having 190 strikeouts, 10th most in the majors. Those aren't the numbers of someone who's over the hill. With spring training right around the corner, I'm sure the competitive juices were flowing and he realized he wasn't ready to hand the ball to the manager.
-- Tom Candiotti, ESPN baseball analyst