2021 TSR Daily: Coming Down The Home Stretch

Once again we rip into another virtual pack of 2021 TSR Daily custom cards (called “Daily” because I Tweet out a custom each day #2021TSRDaily ).  Going by my “240 custom set” plans, the last custom will be Tweeted (and posted here) next Sunday… after which I’ve got plans to do other custom things at a similar frequency.

Aaron Loup was the Mets’ secret weapon out of the bullpen this past season. Over 65 appearances he had a 6-0 record, a 0.95 ERA, a 0.935 WHIP and struck out 57 batters over 56.2 innings.

Two-time Gold Glove winner Matt Chapman holds a dubious team record after striking out 202 times this season… That’s right, he had more strikeouts for the Athletics than Jose Canseco, Reggie Jackson, Dave Kingman, Khris Davis and Jack Cust.

…But to his credit (?) he didn’t lead the league. Joey Gallo has that honor with 213, which would’ve been a Rangers or Yankees team record had he not split the season between those two teams.

Former MVP Andrew McCutchen was among the Phillies leaders in runs, RBI and home runs.  Plus he’s, y’know, Andrew McCutchen.

Jacob Stallings hit a two-out walk-off grand slam to beat the Mets on July 17th, and had a pretty good season otherwise.

After the Cubs cleared house at the trading deadline it cleared the way for Frank Schwindel, who proceeded to lead the Cubs in 2nd half batting, runs, on-base % and slugging %.  Not bad for a 29-year-old rookie in his fourth organization.

2nd Gen pitcher Cal Quantrill went 7-1 with a 1.94 ERA and 78 strikeouts over the 2nd half of the 2021 season.  His dad, Paul Quantrill, pitched for 7 teams from 1992 to 2005.

For the second season in a row, Tyler Rogers had the most appearances in the NL, plus he had 7 wins, 13 saves, a 2.22 ERA and a 1.074 WHIP.

Ryan Zimmerman, who has been the face of the Nationals for pretty much their whole time in DC, played what may have been his last home game at Nationals Park.  The fans gave him a well-deserved sendoff… and I’m giving him a Shlabotnik’s Picks custom.

Hockey Custom #1: Philipp Grubauer, signed by the Kraken to a six-year contract, will also be in goal for the German team when the 2022 Winter Games roll around.

Hockey Custom #2: I recently signed up for a free NHL fantasy team, and when looking at the top-ranked players the names were at least ones I’d heard… except for Leon Draisaitl. For whatever reason, he’d completely flown under my radar during the time I was ghosting the NHL (as I’ve decided to refer to the multi-year period of shunning that league).

Draisaitl, for those who don’t know, was the winner of multiple awards for the 2019-20 season: The Hart (MVP), the Ted Lindsay (Most Outstanding Player, known to old timers like me as the Pearson) and the Art Ross (Top Point Scorer… 43 goals, a league-leading 67 assists and 110 points).  Not sure why I missed him while being at least vaguely aware of guys like Connor McDavid, Nikita Kucherov and Auston Matthews, but hey, that’s the way it goes sometimes.

Oh, and Draisaitl will be a teammate of Grubauer’s when the Olympics come.


I’ll wrap this up in the way I’ve done several times lately, by including a music video that is recommended for my on the YouTube home page.  This time it’s “Bob”, one of my favorite ‘Weird Al’ songs that’s not a direct parody.  I love it because it works on several levels.

6 thoughts on “2021 TSR Daily: Coming Down The Home Stretch

  1. I’ve been away too long! Big batch of brilliant customs! My fave is the one with your little face in the corner, this collector’s choice. Enjoyed the video with my morning coffee. Started my morning with a chuckle.

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