These 5 cards bring the set to 62% complete. Still quite a few in the wings to scan and write about, so let's get these five done, shall we?
Card #926: Mike MacDougal
Team: Los Angeles Dodgers, card # 29 out of 50
Somebody should have taken a chance on him over the winter. 2013 is an odd numbered year, and he's pitched well each of the past two odd numbered seasons. The last two even numbered seasons is a different story (ERA over 7)
Card #927: Barry Zito
Serial Number: 859
Team: San Francisco Giants, card # 27 out of 50
What is it about the San Francisco side of the bay that has really turned this guys career upside down. Seven years in Oakland, only one year with an ERA over 4. Seven years in SF, every season he's had an ERA over 4. I'll take a chance and say the Giants don't pickup his option for 2014.
Card #928: Andruw Jones
Serial Number: 865
Team: New York Yankees, card # 42 out of 50
Maybe he should never have turned 30. In the 5 years after 30, he only averaged 87 games a season, and only hit 13 HRs on average as well. Maybe it was because those 5 seasons he spent away from the friendly confines of Turner Field. Who knows?
Card #929: Jonathan Papelbon
Serial Number: 792
Team: Philadelphia Phillies, card # 28 out of 50
Part of the rookie class of 2006 in the AL that saw 4 of the top 5 ROY point totals go to pitchers. Not a bad group of starters to be associated with, Verlander, Liriano and Weaver. Kenji Johjima, how did you get in there?
Card #930: Mark Buehrle
Serial Number: 723
Team: Chicago White Sox, card # 27 out of 50
Did you know that Mark is currently 2nd among active pitchers in career hits allowed? His 2990 hits only trail the old man himself, Andy Pettite. Now you can wow your friends with that absolutely useless piece of information.
thanks for reading, Robert