Here’s another virtual pack of 2021 TSR Daily custom cards (called “Daily” because I Tweet out a custom each day #2021TSRDaily )
Brandon Nimmo is a fan-favorite now, but back in 2011 he was the first-ever 1st round pick taken out of Wyoming. The Mets are now officially a disappointment now that they’ve been eliminated and have clinched a non-winning record. We’ll see how much the team gets blown up during the off-season.
While it’s fresh on my mind, I learned something about “Elimination numbers” yesterday. Going into Saturday, the Mets’ Elimination # sat at 2… however, after the Phillies beat the Pirates in the afternoon, the word got around that the Mets were eliminated. Whut?
Well, the Elimination # is based on the team in question and the first-place team, which is the Braves… And yes, if the Mets had won the rest of their games and the Braves had lost theirs, the Mets would’ve jumped over Atlanta… but in losing the remainder of their games, the Braves would lose 3 to the second-place Phillies and put Philadelphia in first. What it boiled down to was that once the Phillies won yesterday, there was no longer a path to the division title, and they were toast. As it turned out, last evening the Mets lost and the Braves won, so it’s all moot.
Frankie Montas leads the A’s with 13 wins, 181.0 IP and an even 200 strikeouts.
Avisaíl García leads the Brew Crew with 119 hits, 29 homers and 85 RBI, plus he has a .314 career batting average in the postseason.
Shohei Ohtani leads the Angels in [takes a deep breath] Runs, triples, homers, RBI, stolen bases, walks, on-base %, slugging %, wins, winning %, innings pitched and strikeouts.
Here’s a shorter list of the traditional stats where Ohtani does NOT lead the Angels…
Hits – David Fletcher – 160
Doubles – Jared Walsh – 31
Batting Average – Jared Walsh – .272
ERA – Raisel Iglesias – 2.69 (although Ohtani has the best among starting pitchers)
Complete Games – José Suarez – 1
Saves (of course) – Raisel Iglesias – 33
Reliever-turned-starter Ranger Suárez has maintained a 1.45 ERA over 38 appearances and 99.0 innings pitched. He also strikes out 0.99 batters per inning pitched.
Robbie Ray, emerging as a Cy Young candidate, leads the league with 244 strikeouts, a 2.68 ERA and 188.0 innings pitched. In the second half of the season he’s 6-2 with a 2.16 ERA and he was named the August AL Pitcher of the Month with the following stats: 41.0 IP, 52 Ks, 8 BBs, 1.76 ERA, 0.854 WHIP
If Jan Brady were a Dodgers pitcher, she’d say “Kershaw, Kershaw, Kershaw!”
…Or “Scherzer, Scherzer, Scherzer!” or “Buehler, Buehler, Buehler!”
Right now, Julio Urías is the Dodger’s overlooked Jan Brady. My point being that you’d hardly know that Julio Urías leads MLB with 18 wins and also leads with a .857 winning percentage (he’s got just 3 losses against those 18 wins)
All-Star Joey Wendle leads the Rays with a .274 average and he’s top 3 on the team in hits, doubles and triples. He was originally drafted by Cleveland and made his MLB debut with Oakland.
Over 15 postseason games Tommy Pham has a .352 batting average with 5 runs, 6 RBI and 4 stolen bases.
Jorge Polanco and his 31 homers, 91 runs scored and 90 RBI would be getting more attention if he were on a playoff-bound team and/or in a major market.
Here are the inserts for this “pack”…
The Orioles’ Cedric Mullins hit his 30th home run Friday night; he already has 30 stolen bases and he is now the first player in Orioles history to go 30/30 in a season.
Kind of hard to believe that nobody had done it before, but it’s true. Among those who have come reasonably close were Brady Anderson, Jonathan Villar, Don Baylor and – believe it or not – Reggie Jackson who hit 27 homers and stole 28 bases in 1976, his one season in Baltimore.
See the fun, useless info you learn from me?
I’m still catching up on my “transactions” cards; Joey Gallo was undoubtedly excited to go from the last-place Rangers to the contending Yankees, but who knows if he was prepared for the roller coaster that has been the Yankees this season.
And that’s the pack. If you’re disappointed that you didn’t get a 1/1 or an autograph, you clearly didn’t look at the odds stated on the wrapper.