For today’s virtual pack of my TSR custom cards, I wanted to highlight a number of guys who are quietly getting the job done this season and being a league leader. For the most part, it’s “quiet” because it’s happening in smaller markets…. FOR THE MOST PART (later in this post you’ll realize why this is emphasized).
By the way, all stats are as of the morning of Sunday, June 28th, 2015.
Dallas Keuchel leads the Majors in innngs pitched (116.1) and leads the AL in Batting Average Against (.194), On Base Average Against (.249) and Wins Above Replacement (4.1). He’s also tied for the Major League leads in complete games (3) and shutouts (2).
I’m happy to say that the Orioles have his number… relatively speaking. In two starts against Baltimore, he’s 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA.
Chris Archer leads the AL in ERA (2.01) and WHIP (0.95).
Jason Kipnis leads the Majors with 24 doubles and leads the AL with 100 hits and a 4.7 WAR.
Who is tied for the Major league lead with 24 saves? These two guys.
Who would you expect to lead the leagues in extra-base hits? Cabrera? Trout? Harper? Stanton? Wrong.
Todd Frazier leads the Majors with 46 extra-base hits (21 2B, 1 3B, 24 HR) and 178 total bases.
Brian Dozier leads the AL with 42 extra-base hits (23 2B, 3 3B, 15 HR).
Gerrit Cole leads the majors in wins and has quietly (at least it seems that way to me) pitched his way to a 11-3 record and a 2.16 ERA.
Admit it, you’d never heard of Chris Heston before he no-hit the Mets.
And to wrap up the “quietly getting the job done” theme, we have a guy who certainly would never have qualified for that theme in pretty much any previous year:
Sure, he’s operating out of the spotlight because both the Yankees and the media regard him as persona non grata, but he’s been playing well, achieving (tainted) milestones and seemingly keeping a low profile (although that might be the media again). So congratulations, Mr. Rodriguez. For keeping your head down and your mouth shut and playing baseball, you’ve achieved the status of a non-mocking custom TSR card.
Crimes against baseball
My virtual pack is light on inserts, so I’ll give you a preview of the Draft Picks inserts from the upcoming third series (due in early July).
The Diamondbacks drafted shortstop Dansby Swanson first overall… Swanson played for Vanderbilt… Vanderbilt wore some horrendously fugly alternates in game 1 of the College World Series, and I cannot let them slide.
Head-to-toe black is bad enough, but when you add gold pinstripes to an all-black uniform? Yeowch. (And since this middle-aged guy hates the uniform, that probably means that the Vanderbilt players loved them).