Time for another virtual pack of custom cards I call 2021 TSR Daily (because I Tweet out a custom each day #2021TSRDaily ). As many of you are aware, I’m trying to create a set which would represent the best eight-or-so players from each team.
Australian Liam Hendriks won the 2020 Mariano Rivera Award as the best reliever in the American League and also got some votes for Cy Young and MVP. Over his career he has more K’s than hits allowed
Kris Bryant was named the NL Player of the Week for the week of April 26 – May 2 after hitting 3 homers (including a grand slam), 3 doubles and batting .417 with 10 RBI and 6 runs.
This Albert Pujols custom became interesting just through poor (or great) timing. I Tweeted it out one morning and not 4 hours later came the surprising news that the Angels were cutting ties with the future HOFer. Someone will give Pujols a shot since they will have to pay him just the Major League minimum, and I’ve been thinking that I might need to come up with a “Traded” version of my customs… something along the lines of 1972, 1974 and 1976 Topps
Tyler Glasnow has a 4-2 record with a 2.37 ERA, leads the league in innings pitched, has more than double the strikeouts of any other Rays pitcher and his combined record from 2019 to 2021 is 15-4
Yuli Gurriel had a hot April – .344, 4 homers, 11 runs, 16 RBI – and his May numbers aren’t bad either. I was moderately surprised to find out he’ll turn 37 in June, but that’s because he made his MLB debut at the age of 32 after defecting from Cuba.
So far this season Marcus Stroman has a 2.12 ERA and leads the Mets pitching staff with 3 wins… yeah, yeah, I know that deGrom would have more if the Mets would just get some frickin’ hits when he pitches. Stroman is the 4th player (and first pitcher) to wear #0 for the Mets.
Jon Gray has a third of the Rockies wins this year and has the best ERA and WHIP of any Rockies pitcher who would qualify for an ERA title
Nolan Arenado, obtained in a trade this past February, leads the Cardinals in doubles and RBI.
OK, now it’s INSERT TIME!
When the Orioles’ John Means no-hit the Mariners last week, I figured it was time to get off my tush and create a “2021 Highlights” template… and since I was doing that for Means, I figured I’d also do the other three no-hitters plus the unofficial no-no pitched by Madison Bumgarner.
Joe Musgrove started off the fun by no-hitting the Rangers, which was notable in that it was the first San Diego Padres’ no-hitter and it came in the franchise’s 53rd season.
Carlos Rodón took a perfect game into the 9th inning, hit the 2nd batter but hung on to no-hit the Indians. Rodón had Tommy John surgery two years ago, and became the first pitcher to throw a no-no so soon after having TJ.
Madison Bumgarner no-hit the Braves in the 2nd game of a doubleheader, and since the game was scheduled to be 7 innings, MLB had declared before the season that such games would not be deemed to be a no-hitter. MadBum still got credited with a complete game shutout.
John Means shut down the Mariners, got the first Orioles no-hitter in 30 years, and the first Orioles single-pitcher no-hitter since Jim Palmer in 1969. Means became the first Orioles pitcher to win AL Player of the Week honors since 1994 (when it was Arthur Rhodes, for you curious O’s fans).
Wade Miley no-hit Cleveland, and it was the second time the Indians had been no-hit in this short season. I thought about doing a “Lowlights” custom for the Indians, but figured it would be kinda mean (plus I didn’t know what kind of photo to use)
And that wraps it up for another week!