All eyes will be on right-hander Roger Clemens. Last October was supposed to have been Clemens's swan song. The six-time (and perhaps seven-time) Cy Young winner retired as a New York Yankee (remember that touching farewell as he came off the mound in Game 4 of the World Series?), then un-retired to join his hometown team. And now, here he is starting Game 1 of the division series for the Astros, who won the wild card with an incredible 36-10 closing kick.
All eyes should be on third baseman Chipper Jones, one of the few remaining members of the Braves' old guard. Jones carried team's offense in the second half, slugging 18 homers and driving in 59 runs after the all-star break. He also is a career .301 hitter in the postseason, and eight of his 12 career postseason homers have come in the first round. But he also is hampered by a sore hand, which forced him to miss Sunday's regular season finale.
The Astros closed out the regular season with 18 straight home wins, the longest such streak in the majors in 10 years.
Astros in five.