No offense? Roger that
Roger Clemens can probably kiss his eighth Cy Young Award goodbye. The Rocket was superb on Sunday, hurling six shutout innings. But he got no run support before exiting as the Dodgers won, 1-0.
Clemens yielded just two hits over six frames and did not allow a baserunner to progress past second base. The Astros managed seven hits, but struck out 10 times and stranded nine baserunners. The loss leaves Houston 1 1/2 games back in the NL Wild Card race.
Of the Astros’ 16 shutout losses this year, Clemens has been on the mound for eight. The Astros have been unable to score in three of his last four starts.
Clemens’ MLB-leading ERA dropped from 1.56 to 1.51. And his 167 strikeouts rank fourth in the NL. But with his 11 wins through August, the Rocket won’t be able to challenge Chris Carpenter for the Cy Young award.
I thought Houston might have a good chance to win the Wild Card thanks to its big three of Clemens, Roy Oswalt and Andy Pettitte. But if the offense continues to stall, the ‘Stros won’t be making a repeat trip to the playoffs.