The last time the Cubs and the Yankees met was in the 1938 World Series-no one should have to tell you who won that—and this weekend's interleague series between the two clubs has Wrigley Field buzzing. Never mind that both teams were in first place at week's end, the attention is on Saturday's scheduled duel between the only two pitchers to strike out 20 batters in a nine-inning game: 40-year-old New York righthander Roger Clemens and 25-year-old Chicago righthander Kerry Wood.
Clemens will be making his third attempt to win his 300th game and needs nine strikeouts to join Nolan Ryan and Steve Carlton as the only pitchers to fan 4,000. Wood, a Texan like Clemens and Ryan, struck out 20 Astros in a game in 1998 at the age of 20. Heading into the matchup, both pitchers could use a big-game performance. Clemens (6-3) had given up 12 earned runs in his last 11? innings, and Wood (4-4) had lost three straight decisions. It's a hot ticket: On Monday two seats for Saturday's game sold on eBay for $500.