Here are the next 5 cards towards the 1500 card serial insanity set. I picked these all up at the December card show, and have been slow in getting them posted.
Card # 1051: Hanley Ramirez
Serial Number: 1329
31st card out of 50 for the Marlins
Hey there stats geeks, can anyone out there tell me if there's ever been another player in MLB history finish in the top 10 in MVP voting (pitchers excluded) and played less than 100 of the team's games? Hanley finished 8th in the MVP race last year, playing in only 86 games he hit 20 home runs and hitting .345. Wow.
Card # 1052: Scott Rolen
Serial Number: 94
36th card out of 50 for the Reds.
I think the Jays were hoping for more power when they picked up Rolen in 2009. Even though he hit well for average (.320 in 88 games), I think the 8 homers were a little disappointing. Turning Rolen into Edwin Encarnacion may be the 2nd best trade the Jays have pulled off in the past decade...
Card # 1053: Starlin Castro
Serial Number: 1112
35th card out of 50 for the Cubs
My prediction for Starlin Castro in 2014. He will lead the leage in ABs for the 4th consecutive season, his average will be back over .300 and he will be the main man for the north siders again.
Card # 1054: Sean Gallagher
36th card out of 50 for the Cubbies
Hasn't been in the majors since a rough finish to the 2010 season in Pittsburgh. The one key stat that jumps out over his career is the WHIP number, which he has trouble keeping below the 1.6 mark.
Card # 1055: Felix Hernandez
Serial Number: 1379
30th card out of 50 for the Mariners
Please don't let this guy end up in New York pinstripes. Over the past 8 seasons, his lowest start total has been 30. Felix has struck out 200+ batters over the past 5 seasons, his career WHIP is just a shade over 1.2, and he's won 110 games by the age of 27 for a team that hasn't been that great. Now that he has help out in the northwest....it's scary to think what he's going to do this year.
thanks for reading, Robert