Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Serial insanity cards 866-870

These next 5 cards bring the set to 58% completion.  I still have a nice little pile to go through and post for everyone, but in the meantime, take a look at these:

Card # 866:  Pee Wee Reese


Serial Number: 364
Team: Los Angeles/Brooklyn Dodgers, card # 28 out of 50

How different is the MVP award in today's game?  Pee Wee received MVP votes in 11 straight seasons between 1946 and 1956.  He only hit .300 once during those seasons, never hit more than 13 HR's, never drove in more than 84 runs.  Not too many votes would come today to a person with those offensive numbers.

Card #867:  Adrian Gonzalez

Serial Number:  1285
Team:  Boston Red Sox, card # 29 out of 50

Adrian's lowest HR total for any full season was 2012, with only 18.  In contrast, Gonzalez's career high for stolen bases also came in 2012.  He swiped 2.

Card # 868:  Brandon Boggs

Serial Number:  738
Team: Texas Rangers, card # 34 out of 50

Who knows, Boggs might get a call up to the Braves when the rosters expand to 40 players in September.  Brandon signed with the Braves in May, and has hit .273 in 46 games since then.

Card # 869:  Alcides Escobar

Serial Number:  1442
Team:  Milwaukee Brewers, card # 24 out of 50

I'm sure the Royals would like to see his batting average start to climb back up to last year's level.  That would help him get more chances to steal bases, something that he is perfect at so far this year (12 for 12).

Card # 870:  Jordan Zimmermann

Serial Number:  1315
Team:  Washington Nationals, card # 40 out of 50

Somebody tell me why this guy's name isn't mentioned more when a discussion of top flight pitchers in the NL occurs.  It's the damn wins....only 8 in 2011, 12 last year.  Both of those seasons, he had great stats, but wasn't getting the support to get the wins.   That appears to have changed this year, since he already has 12 wins. 

Thanks for reading, Robert

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