Game 1: Astros (Andy Pettitte, 17-9, 2.39 ERA) at Braves (Tim Hudson, 14-9, 3.52), 4:09 p.m. tomorrow (ESPN).
Game 2: Astros (Roger Clemens, 13-8, 1.87) at Braves (John Smoltz, 14-7, 3.06), 8:19 p.m. Thursday (FOX).
Game 3: Braves (Jorge Sosa, 13-3, 2.55) at Astros (Roy Oswalt, 20-12, 2.94), Saturday, TBA.
Game 4*: Braves at Astros, Sunday, TBA.
Game 5*: Astros at Braves, Monday, TBA.
All eyes will be on: Astros Game 2 starter Roger Clemens. With Clemens, 43, there's always the possibility that each postseason appearance he makes could be his last. This year, Clemens finished with the lowest ERA of his career and pitched 2111/3 innings, the third year in a row he's finished with more than 200 innings.
All eyes should be on: Clemens's teammate and Game 1 starter Andy Pettitte. Though Clemens gets the recognition, it was Pettitte who carried Houston in September, accumulating a 4-0 record with a 1.88 ERA. Clemens was 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA in September.
Key stat: Braves relievers, including Dan Kolb (11 for 18 in save chances), were 15th in the National League in save percentage, converting only 38 of their 62 chances (61.3 percent). Only the Colorado Rockies (58.7 percent) were worse.
Fearless prediction: Astros in four.
-- Jorge Arangure Jr.