Roger Clemens' World Series starts
A look at the seven Fall Classic appearances by The Rocket
CHICAGO -- Roger Clemens has made seven starts in the World Series, posting a 3-0 record with a 1.90 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 47 1/3 innings. Here is a breakdown of how he fared in each of those seven starts.
Oct. 19, 1986, Boston Red Sox vs. New York Mets at Shea Stadium: Clemens' first career World Series start wasn't one of his better outings, but he didn't get saddled with a loss as the Red Sox wound up winning, 9-3. Clemens pitched 4 1/3 innings and allowed three runs on five hits and four walks. The Rocket struck out three.
Oct. 25, 1986, Boston Red Sox vs. New York Mets at Shea Stadium: Clemens started one of the more memorable World Series games ever. Clemens left Game 6 after seven innings, leading 3-2, with the Red Sox only nine outs away from their first World Series title since 1918. But the Red Sox's bullpen couldn't close it out as Boston, lost, 6-5, in 10 innings. Clemens once again didn't get a decision after giving up just two runs -- one earned -- on four hits while striking out eight.
Oct. 27, 1999, New York Yankees vs. Atlanta Braves at Yankee Stadium: Clemens recorded his first World Series victory with a 4-1 victory over Atlanta in Game 4 as New York completed the series sweep. Clemens held the Braves to four hits and one run in 7 2/3 innings, walking two and striking out four.
Oct. 22, 2000, New York Yankees vs. New York Mets at Yankee Stadium: Clemens outdueled Mike Hampton in Game 2 of the Subway Series as the Yankees took a 6-5 decision. Clemens pitched eight scoreless innings, alllowing just two hits, no walks and striking out nine in the finest World Series performance of his career.
Oct. 30, 2001, New York Yankees vs. Arizona Diamondbacks at Yankee Stadium: Clemens was on his game in Game 3, allowing only three hits and one run in seven innings as the Yankees beat the Diamondbacks, 2-1. Clemens walked three and struck out nine in recording his third consecutive Fall Classic victory.
Nov. 4, 2001, New York Yankees vs. Arizona Diamondbacks at Bank One Ballpark: For the second time in his career, Clemens was involved in one of the most memorable World Series games in history. Once again, he didn't get the decision after allowing one run on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings with one walk and 10 strikeouts. Clemens left Game 7 with the score tied, but Arizona went on to win 3-2 on Luis Gonzalez's game-winning hit in the bottom of the ninth.
Oct. 22, 2003, New York Yankees vs. Florida Marlins at Pro Player Stadium: In his most recent World Series start, Clemens did not get a decision as New York lost, 4-3, in 12 innings to Florida in Game 4. Clemens lasted seven innings and allowed three runs on eight hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out five.
Jim Molony is a writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.