Clemens will start Sunday on three days' rest, for the first time in 2 1/2 years. He has won just once on short rest in the last 14 years. And his record in the six starts he has made in that span (regular season and postseason) is only 1-4, with a 7.55 ERA. He hasn't won a postseason start on three days' rest since Game 7 of the 1986 ALCS.
If he doesn't win, the Astros will then bring Oswalt back on three days' rest Monday. They won't want to know that, counting Johan Santana's no-decision Saturday in the Twins-Yankees series, 39 pitchers since 1999 have started a postseason game on short rest. They've gone a combined 7-20. And their teams are 11-28.
Ouch. Those aren't very good odds. But then again, when the choice is between Pete Munro or Clemens on three days rest, you give the ball to Roger.