With Steve Mason shelved, again, for another two to three weeks, Hutchinson is called upon to spell off Connor Hellebuyck as the Jets march towards the playoffs, starting Tuesday in Nashville. Despite starting only two contests for the NHL club this season, the 28-year-old was solid enough to win both.
Not only does the reliever check all the ratio boxes, but at least he has a chance for a vulture victory. The lesser starter doesn’t last the necessary time required for a win. The only advantage the starter has is in strikeouts and, in many instances, that’s not even the case — especially with the number of two-start weeks on the decline.
All in all, not a bad first day’s work in the desert rain.
But Ohtani, a left-handed hitter who turns 24 in July, wants to do both things, like he did when he was a superstar with the Fighters. He wants to be a regular in both the Angels’ rotation and in the Angels’ lineup. That’s not exactly a normal thing in Ohtani’s new league. Sure, there are a handful of guys who have done both things in the majors — Rick Ankiel, Brooks Kieschnick and Adam Loewen — but they didn’t do both simultaneously (OK, Kieschnick did make three starts in the outfield and four at DH when he was a relief pitcher with the Brewers in 2003).
Nate Solder, OT* Headed to: New York Giants | Age: 30 News: Giants expected to sign Solder to four-year, $60M deal Raanan: Giants nab Solder, solidifying offensive line Solder finished the regular season on a strong note but is undeniably an inconsistent player who would have never been a candidate to hit the open market if his play had smoothed out.
And while the contract and its structure were important to Cousins, he said he chose the Vikings because he believes they’re built to win for a sustained period thanks to a talented roster, stability at head coach and general manager and an ownership that has committed financially to building both the team while moving it into a new stadium and training facility.
“Winning is what I said it would be all about, and it’s true,” Cousins said. “I think it’s the best chance, and that’s what truly matters.”
Lucroy had been with the Rangers for almost a full year, since they acquired him from Milwaukee on Aug. 1, 2016 — the trade deadline day that season.
The 31-year-old Lucroy was a two-time All-Star with the Brewers.