The march to 1500 goes on, these 5 cards bring the completion rate to an even 65%. The pile on the desk is starting to shrink...
Card # 971: Jon Rauch
Serial Number: 830
Team: New York Mets, card # 38/50
Of all the players that I've written about for the SNI, I don't recall a pitcher that has appeared in 80+ games in a season two years in a row. Rauch did that for the Nats in '06 & '07, pitching in 85 and 88 games those seasons. Pitcher got a rubber arm...
Card # 972: Jed Lowrie
Serial Number: 761
Team: Houston Astros, card # 22/50
65% into the set, and Houston is still one of 3 teams that is not at least 50% complete (Baltimore and Colorado are the others). Jed has finally received a chance to play every day this year, and has responded quite well for the A's. 168 hits, 71 RBI's and a .288 average.
Card # 973: Jorge Cantu
Serial Number: 944
Team: Texas Rangers, card # 42/50
Seems to have found his power stroke again in the Mexican League this season, hitting 31 HR. I had wondered what happened to him, because I remember quite a few decent seasons in the mid to late '00s, and then he just kind of fell off the map. Who knows, at 31 he may find another MLB job yet...
Card # 974: Josh Tomlin
Serial Number: 879
Team: Cleveland Indians, card # 32/50
Pitched his first major league game on 9/12 after coming back from Tommy John surgery. We'll see if his Indians can hang on to the wild card spot, they're currently 1.5 games ahead of Texas in a great race in the AL.
Card # 975: Bronson Arroyo
Serial Number: 1325
Team: Cincinnati Reds, card # 33/50
Durable would be the word to describe Bronson, has pitched 200+ innings in every season but one since 2005. The one that he missed? 2011, he pitched 199 innings. It also looks as if he'll be in the postseason again this year, this will be his 6th time going after a World Series ring (he has one, 2004, Boston).
Thanks for reading, Robert