Rocket's rough ride

Phil Rogers

Chicago Tribune

Roger Clemens is going down, just like one of the 292 guys he struck out in 1997, the year many people believe he became a steroid cheater.

I have a strong feeling he's going to be convicted of lying to Congress. Clemens will try to discredit his former trainer, Brian McNamee, and he might succeed. But how's he going to take away the testimony of Andy Pettitte and possibly others who will say they knew that Clemens had used banned substances?

This could be an epic clash, especially if Clemens winds up on the witness stand.

The feds learned lessons in the Barry Bonds case that they will use in making a tighter case against Clemens. The Rocket is in for a rough ride.

Pitcher's in a jam

Steve Gould

Baltimore Sun

Everything could change quickly, but as of now, it appears Roger Clemens is in trouble.

The defense's strategy — to argue that Brian McNamee made up allegations to protect his job and/or help him with his legal issues — seems fundamentally flawed.

Andy Pettitte, Chuck Knoblauch and Mike Stanton have admitted receiving PEDs from McNamee. Why would McNamee have chosen to blackmail Clemens instead of those other former Yankees if Clemens hadn't gotten drugs too?

McNamee's track record is far from squeaky clean, and it's up to the 12 people in the jury box to decide Clemens' guilt or innocence, but the big right-hander looks to be facing a hitter's count.