Pedro, Clemens on collision course

A rematch between Roger Clemens and Pedro Martinez holds the promise of an evening of great entertainment.

Updated: October 15, 2003, 10:49 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
Those without a vested interest in either team have got to be pulling for the Red Sox and Yankees to split the next two games. Why is this? Because Thursday night's Game Seven would feature a rematch of Roger Clemens and Pedro Martinez, that's why. Is the prospect of such a showdown worth a Yankee or Red Sox fan giving up the notion of sweeping the next two games? Probably not, but for a non-aligned fan, such a matchup holds the promise of an evening of great entertainment. For the sport itself, a Clemens-Martinez rematch would be another shot in the arm during a playoff season that has already provided the game with some great publicity. That's right: great publicity. Recoil in horror at what happened on Saturday if you like, but it is further proof of the old adage that there is no such thing as bad publicity.

What is the likelihood of such a split taking place? What follows is a list of the eight starters in the ALCS and the percentage of games in which they managed a quality start:

Pedro Martinez, .724 Mike Mussina, .645 Roger Clemens, .636 Andy Pettitte, .606 David Wells, .516 Derek Lowe, .515 Tim Wakefield, .514 John Burkett, .469

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