Monday, September 16, 2013

Serial Insanity cards 936-940

Here's post #2 on the marathon, heavy on the star players here.

Card # 936:  Justin Upton

Serial Number:  409
Team:  Arizona Diamondbacks, card # 29/50

Doesn't it seem like Justin has been around forever?   So far, it looks as if Atlanta has come out on the better end of the Upton deal. With Chris Johnson in a dogfight for the batting title, Atlanta appears to have received a couple of players that should be the backbone of the club for the next few years. 

Card # 937:  Elvis Andrus

Serial Number:  279
Team:  Texas Rangers, card # 38/50

Just like Upton, it almost seems like Andrus has been around forever, and he's just 24 years old.  There's one stat that he owns that makes me think he's a National League pitcher.   Elvis is averaging 15 sacrifice bunts a season since he came into the major leagues.  That's a lot for anyone, let alone an AL shortstop...

Card # 938:  Carlos Santana

Serial Number:  213
Team:  Cleveland Indians, card # 31/50

I will hand it to the Indians, they've been smart in how they have used Santana in the field.  Spelling him with starts at first and DH is definitely going to help everyone in the long run.  By the way, these blue parallels from 2013 Topps Opening Day are not good for my mental health.   I like them waaaaayyyy too much.

Card # 939:  Brandon McCarthy

Serial Number:  172
Team:  Oakland Athletics, card # 42/50

Brandon might be the poster child for better head protection for pitchers.  He took a line drive off his skull last year, and suffered a seizure this year while on the DL that was attributed to the head injury.  Something needs to be done...

Card # 940:  Jason Heyward

Serial Number:  1222
Team:  Atlanta Braves, card # 36/50

Jason resumed full baseball activities on Friday the 13th.  Might we say a Dave Parker type of goalie mask on his face when he returns for the post season?  It's also hard to believe that he's only 23 years old.  Doesn't it seem like he's been around forever?

Thanks for reading, Robert

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