Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Serial Insanity cards 896-900

The 60% milestone has been reached.  900 cards are on the spreadsheet, and there are already a bunch more waiting in the wings to be shown.

Here's the final five of the first 900...

Card # 896:  Cliff Lee

Serial Number:  342
Team:  Philadelphia Phillies, card # 26 out of 50

There's an old saying that "numbers don't lie", but in 2012 Cliff's numbers told a lot of half truths.  Cliff led the NL in BB/9 (1.2) and SO/BB ratio (7.39).  Cliff also had an ERA of 3.16 and a WHIP of 1.114.  You'd think with those numbers 15-18 wins?  Unbelievably, only 6 wins for Cliff last year.  

Card # 897:  Nick Blackburn

Serial Number:  601
Team:  Minnesota Twins, card # 26 out of 50

Maybe the end of the line for Blackburn?  Has spent the entire 2013 season in the minors after off season surgery to remove a bone chip, and the numbers aren't looking good.  Hopefully he can turn it around and get back to the bigs...

Card # 898:  Juan Francisco

Serial Number:  543
Team:  Atlanta Braves, card # 32 out of 50

Juan was traded by the Reds to Atlanta for JJ Hoover, who has pitched very well for Cincinnati the past two seasons.  Francisco is now toiling as a back up 1st/3rd baseman in Milwaukee. 

Card # 899:  Vinny Castilla

Serial Number:  1088
Team: Colorado Rockies, card # 23 out of 50

It's been a long time since a card from the 20th century was featured as part of the set.  This card came to me as part of a trade, and kind of has a camouflage look to it.  Vinny had a great 5 year run in the thin air in Colorado, hitting 191 homers between 1995-1999.

Card # 900:  Derek Norris

Serial Number:  1489
Team:  Oakland A's, card # 41 out of 50

Has anyone figured out who the little guy in the middle is yet?

Thanks for reading, Robert

1 comment:

  1. "Little guy" is Cliff Pennington (some A's fan told me this on Twitter).

    I still don't know what they did with this photo. I don't know if it's a picture that was taken from a distance and then Topps cropped it into a vertical so that it looks bizarre, or if there is some Topps photoshopping going on.