Saturday, July 27, 2013

Serial Insanity cards 886-890

I have 4 days left to get the 900th card of this set posted and out there for all to see.   Before I get there, I do have to show some others that are part of the 1500 card craziness.

Enjoy the next 5...

Card #886:  Edwin Encarnacion

Serial Number:  451
Team:  Toronto Blue Jays, card # 40 out of 50

Edwin's 2013 Topps Heritage Chrome card makes the Blue Jays the 4th team to reach the 40 card plateau.  That means I'm going to have to work harder to get teams that are suffering (Baltimore, Milwaukee, Houston to name 3) built up. 
Oh, by the way if Edwin hits 13 more homers this year, he'll reach the 200 mark.

Card # 887:  Mike Baxter

Serial Number:  702
Team:  New York Mets, card # 32 out of 50

At the age of 28, it appears that Baxter is going to be no more than a 4th/5th outfielder for the Mets.  2012 saw a career high of 179 ABs for Mike, which is about the only highlight I can find...

Card # 888:  Clayton Richard

Serial Number:  523
Team:  San Diego Padres, card # 34 out of 50

Out for the year with shoulder surgery, Richard will have some time to get healthy so he can return to his 2012 form in which he won 14 for the Friars.  The one stat that jumped out at me was only 42 walks in 218.2 innings last year.  You need stats like that when you lead the league in hits allowed (228).

Card #889:  Justin Ruggiano

Serial Number:  1477
Team:  Miami Marlins, card # 29 out of 50

Man, that looks cold!!    Justin earned himself a shot at every day playing time with a great half season in 2012.  Unfortunately, he followed that up with a dreadful first half in 2013, hitting only .201 in 283 ABs.  Such is the life in south Florida I guess..

Card # 890:  Chris Carter

Serial Number:  908
Team:  Houston Astros, card # 19 out of 50

Not to be confused with the Cris Carter of Minnesota Vikings fame, Chris' first every day job in the bigs is looking like Rob Deer type numbers.  Chris is leading the AL in strikeouts with 133, but also has 18 HRs to complement that (if complement is the right word....). 

Thanks for reading, Robert

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