Josh Hamilton makes his return to Arlington tomorrow as the Angels begin a series with the Rangers. It’s hard enough to get fans to not boo a former player who left via free agency. But one who left and joined a rival? And one who, after joining the rival, said that the old city was…
BY RICH GOLDBERG (@GoldyStats)
Five stats to know following the Capitals' Game 4 loss to the Penguins:
3 vs 7: The Capitals won 3 times and scored 12 goals in their first 3 games this postseason. They have 2 wins and 11 goals in their last 7 playoff games since. Then there’s the power play. Washington was 8 for 17 with the man advantage their first 3 games. Since then, the Capitals are 1 for 22, an average of 4.5 percent
Slip the jab: The Capitals outhit the Penguins 132 to 75 in the first 3 games this series. Things changed in Game 4. Despite Kris Letang out to suspension, Pittsburgh outhit Washington 47 to 41.
MV-Carlson?: If someone told you that John Carlson would lead the Capitals in playoff points, would you be concerned? Carlson leads Washington with 10 points and has the same number of playoff goals as Alex Ovechkin. Carlson scored 8 goals in the regular season. Ovechkin had 50.
Tangled Weber: Mike Weber misplayed the puck leading to the Penguins Game 4 overtime goal. The Capitals have certainly missed Brooks Orpik. They are 1-4 without the veteran defenseman this postseason and have 0 power play goals in 16 opportunities.
Trend is over: Entering Game 4, the Capitals were 4-0 this postseason when scoring first. Pittsburgh had lost 6 consecutive playoff home overtime games. Heck, the Capitals were 18-0-1 this season when Tom Wilson scored a point. All those streaks are done. The Penguins won a home overtime playoff game for the first time since 2009 when they defeated ... the Capitals.
As we profile Ravens draft picks, here are three things to know about fourth-round pick (132) defensive tackle Willie Henry:
1. Henry becomes the fourth young defensive tackle the Ravens have drafted early since 2013
They took Brandon Williams in 2013 (Round 3). They drafted Timmy Jernigan in 2014 (Round 2). They drafted Carl Davis in 2015 (Round 3).
General manager Ozzie Newsome loves drafting defensive tackles. It keeps with the Ravens’ desire to build a deep defensive line that can rotate players in and out, and relentlessly dominate the line of scrimmage.
2. Henry is another player chosen to strengthen the Ravens’ pass rush
With 6 ½ sacks last season, Henry displayed excellent quickness for a player weighing 300-plus pounds. He can bring pressure up the middle. If Henry shows well during training camp, he and Jernigan could be the defensive tackles of choice in third-and-long situations.
3. The Harbaugh family obviously likes Henry
After playing for Jim Harbaugh at Michigan, Henry will play for John Harbaugh with the Ravens. Obviously, the Ravens had inside info on this draft pick. We’ll see how much it pays off.
Watch the full exchange from SportsTalk Live in the video player above, which will begin momentarily.
Stephen Strasburg is off to a strong start with the Washington Nationals as he sets the foundation for how much his next contract will be worth.
That became a point of contention Wednesday night on SportsTalk Live when co-host Rob Carlin brought up the idea that, if Strasburg indeed finishes strong, the Nationals will need to discern whether this is the start of a sustainable uptick in production or the product of a contract year.
Brian Mitchell took exception to that entire notion, saying that it is illogical to think that players play better simply because they are in a contract year.
The argument evolved from there until Carlin couldn't take it anymore -- and walked off the set. Watch the exchange above.