After a quick tour of the minors that became a carnival wherever he took the mound, Clemens makes his season debut in the majors against the Minnesota Twins on Thursday. Despite scuffling at times and still residing around .500, the Astros remain within striking distance of the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central and right in the thick of a crowded field of wild-card contenders.
So how will Clemens' return change the landscape for both the Astros and the NL playoff picture? Will he match last season's production down the stretch? What other stars could be on the move to help NL contenders counter Houston's big addition? Sound off on the state of the NL as Clemens returns.