Here, the K category is really K/9. The downside used to be falling short in wins. However, in the current climate, as mentioned earlier, some relievers do actually possess better odds at a win compared to those underwhelming spot starters.
With a dedication to fitness, diet and making the proper adjustments (hanging out closer to the net), Ovechkin could add two to three seasons, play until he is 43 (Chris Chelios played until he was 48) and score another 40-50 goals.
Is it still a long shot? Ovechkin scored his 600th career goal this season, when he is 32. He’ll likely get his 700th goal when he is 35, and he should get 800 by 38 or 39. If he can get to 800 by 39, then four more years should get him 95 more goals.
It would be a fascinating time. Arguably the greatest record chase in the history of the NHL, similar in stature and, somewhat, in tone to Hank Aaron chasing Babe Ruth. The Russian bear chasing Canadian royalty.
Nova’s first Opening Day start will be at Comerica Park, where he made his major league debut with two innings of relief on May 13, 2010.
It’s a privilege, Nova said. Every starting pitcher’s dream is to start the season for a team, be the Opening Day guy.
Nova reported to spring training considerably lighter than he was at the end of last season. He is hoping that leads to more consistency.
He was 3-2 with a 1.50 ERA in five starts last April while allowing one walk in 36 innings. He was 2-8 with a 5.83 ERA in 13 starts during the second half.
I worked harder than I ever have in the offseason, Nova said. I was upset about the way last season ended. I know I’m a better pitcher than that. I felt like I let team down and I let myself down too. I don’t want to have another season like that.