Alex Ovechkin Jersey gets mulligan after sailing first pitch at Nats game

Alex Ovechkin’s first attempt at a ceremonial first pitch was so bad he asked for — and got — Ted Ginn Jr Jersey a mulligan.
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Too excited, too strong, Ovechkin said after sailing his first throw over Max Scherzer’s head at Nationals Park. I try to do my best.

Scherzer, who along with Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman donned full hockey gear to fire up Capitals fans before Game 4 of the Cup Final against Bryce Harper’s Vegas Golden Knights, said, We were hoping maybe he’d shoot it. Ovechkin probably would have been better off.

Or maybe 36 hours into party time, he should’ve handed the ball to Trotz after carrying the Cup onto the field.

Bad pitching, Trotz said. I told him I should throw the ball. He goes, ‘I’m good at it.’ That’s not good.

Guerrero, whose .407 batting average for Double-A New Hampshire leads all minor league hitters, was ranked as the No. 2 prospect in Major League Baseball by ESPN’s Keith Law. Guerrero has 11 home runs and 55 RBIs in 53 games this season.

He had been placed on the seven-day disabled list Thursday.

His father, Vladimir Guerrero, will be inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, this year.

You can see the change in other categories. Shields gave up 2.08 homers per nine innings a season ago; this season he’s at 1.09. A big reason for that is he has managed to turn about a third of his fly balls allowed into pop flies, almost always an out. Last season, 39 percent of the balls Shields allowed into play were fly balls; this year, he’s at 29 percent. And here’s the real stunner: This season, 9.4 percent of Shields’ balls in play have been popouts. Before this, his career-best rate was 2.9 Authentic Elvis Dumervil Jersey percent.

None of this is to suggest that Shields has returned to the ranks of the elite. His ERA is still worse than league average, as is his ERA+. However, given where he was last season, that Shields has pitched well enough to consistently get deep into games is remarkable. And it’s made him a viable trade target for the back of some contenders’ rotation.