The 2018 card set is now up and available on the Store!
It’s only the day after, but you can go ahead and relive Boston’s 4th championship in the last 15 seasons starting tonight!
This also marks the first season release with a new rule set – we’ve stripped out all the extras and reduced things to only the bare minimum. One dual-sided page of rules! One dual-sided page of charts! Everything else is reduced to add-ons that will be added to the site soon.
Here’s a brief look at some of the set highlights.
Let’s dive in to some highlights!
Batting: Eduardo Perez ties with an NL-best 9 Deep Drives. Hardly outdone is Nick Ahmed with 8.
Pitching: Clay Buchholz is among the best with just 10 on-base chances against. He also has a -10 Hold. Patrick Corbin and Robbie Ray each rack up the Ks – 20 strikeout readings.
Batting: Freddie Freeman and rookie Ronald Acuna each have 8 Deep Drives. Endar Inciarte is a 3C base-stealer.
Defense: Adam Duvall is a LF-5, but Acuna is a LF-1.
Batting: Jonathan Villar is a 3A base-stealer. Chris Davis has a set-worst 26 strikeout readings.
Pitching: Andrew Cashner allows a whopping 8 Deep Drives and 20 on-base chances. Dylan Bundy also serves up 8 DD. No rated closers.
Defense: Tim Beckham is a SS-1.
Batting: Mookie Betts has a set-best 10 Deep Drives and his 27 on-base chances are 2nd best, while J.D. Martinez and Xander Bogaerts each have 9. Martinez also gets 23 on-base chances. They’re one of the faster teams, with 3 regulars getting a F run rating.
Pitching: Chris Sale allows just 2 Deep Drives and 9 on-base chances to go along with a set-best 28 strikeout readings. Also carrying 28 strikeout readings – closer Craig Kimbrel.
Defense: Mookie Betts is a RF-5 and Mitch Moreland is a 1B-5, but Eduardo Nunez is a 2B-1 and Rafael Devers is a 3B-1.
Chicago (A) (62-100)
Batting: Daniel Palka homers on 00-56 from his Deep Drive. Tim Anderson is a 3B base-stealer and Adam Engel is a 3C. Palka, Yoan Moncada, and Matt Davidson each have 22 or more strikeout readings.
Pitching: Dylan Covey allows just 2 Deep Drives. No rated closers.
Defense: Moncada is a 2B-1.
Chicago (N) (95-68)
Batting: Javier Baez ties for an NL-high 9 Deep Drives; he’s also a 3C stealer. Kyle Schwarber goes yard on 00-56 from his Deep Drives. Ben Zobrist has 24 on-base chances. Ian Happ ties for a set-worst 26 strikeout readings. Interesting speed ratings – 3 F/VF and 3 S runners.
Pitching: Tyler Chatwood allows just 2 Deep Drives, but… 25 on-base chances against, which is far and away a set-worst.
Defense: Anthony Rizzo is again a 1B-5 and Jason Heyward a RF-5. Ian Happ carries a CF-1.
Batting: Joey Votto still an on-base machine with NL-best 25 chances. Eugenio Suarez homers on 00-55 from his Deep Drives. Billy Hamilton is a 4B base-stealer.
Pitching: Homer Bailey ties for an NL-worst 9 Deep Drives allowed while also serving up 20 on-base chances. At least reliever Jared Hughes gives up 0 DD.
Defense: Votto is still a 1B-5.
Batting: Jose Ramirez has 8 Deep Drives. Edwin Encarnacion homers on 00-61 from his Deep Drives.
Pitching: Trevor Bauer has 20 strikeout readings and gives up just 2 Deep Drives. On the other hand, Adam Plutko surrenders 12 and Shane Bieber 9. Corey Kluber still solid, giving up just 10 on-base chances.
Defense: Yonder Alonso is a 1B-1.
Batting: Nice Deep Drive numbers for Trevor Story (tied with NL-bst 9), Nolan Arenado (8), and Carlos Gonzalez (8). Story is also a 3A base-stealer.
Pitching: Kyle Freeland put in one of the best seasons in franchise history and allows just 2 Deep Drives. Reliever Adam Ottavino has a rare 8 DD listing.
Defense: DJ LaMahieu is a 2B-5.
Batting: Nick Castellanos has 8 Deep Drives.
Pitching: Francisco Liriano gives up 20 on-base chances.
Defense: Jose Iglesias is a SS-5.
Batting: Alex Bregman has 8 Deep Drives and 23 on-base chances. Evan Gattis takes it ouf of the park on 00-56 from his Deep Drives.
Pitching: Justin Verlander ties for allowing a set-best 8 on-base chances while also notching 24 strikeout readings. Also with 24 – fellow starter Gerrit Cole. Reliever Collin McHugh also allows just 8 on-base chances.
Defense: Martin Maldonado is one of just 5 catchers with a -1 Arm.
Kansas City (58-104)
Batting: Whit Merrifield is a 3A base-stealer.
Pitching: Heath Fillmyer allows just 2 Deep Drives, but Eric Skoglund gives up 8 and is also a +2 Hold.
Defense: Salvador Perez is one of just 5 catchers with a -1 Arm.
Los Angeles (A) (80-82)
Batting: Mike Trout has a set-best 28 on-base chances. Justin Upton homers on 00-57 from his Deep Drives.
Pitching: Shohei Ohtani allows just 2 Deep Drives, but Nick Tropeano gives up 8. Reliever Justin Anderson is a rare 5 on DD.
Defense: Upton is a LF-5.
Los Angeles (N) (92-71)
Batting: Justin Turner has 8 Deep Drives and 24 on-base chances. Max Muncy has an NL-best 00-61 HR range on Deep Drives plus 23 on-base chances.
Pitching: Walker Buehler gives up just 2 Deep Drives and 10 on-base readings. Hyun-Jin Ryu also allows only 10 OB readings.
Defense: Muncy is a 1B-1 and Yasiel Puig is a RF-1.
Batting: 3 Fast regulars.
Pitching: No rated closers.
Defense: J.T. Realmuto is one of just 5 catchers with a -1 Arm. Derek Dietrich is a LF-1 and Lewis Brinson is a CF-1.
Batting: Christian Yelich has 8 Deep Drives and 24 on-base chances. Lorenzo Cain also sports 24 OB chances.
Pitching: Wade Miley allows just 2 Deep Drives. Closer Jeremy Jeffress has no DD readings. Reliever Josh Hader allows just 8 on-base chances and also sports a crazy 36 strikeout readings. Fellow reliever Corey Knebel has 29 strikeouts. This bullpen is nuts…
Defense: Mike Moustakas is a 3B-5.
Pitching: Reliever Taylor Rogers allows just 8 on-base chances. No rated closers.
New York (A) (100-62)
Batting: Miguel Andujar has 9 Deep Drives. Gleyber Torres homers on 00-55 from his Deep Drives. Aaron Judge has 23 on-base readings.
Pitching: Closer Aroldis Chapman has 33 strikeout readings and Dellin Betances has 32. Sonny Gray gives up an awful 20 on-base chances.
Defense: Brett Gardner is a LF-5. 2B Torres and 3B Andujar are each 1s.
New York (N) (77-85)
Batting: Brandon Nimmo has 24 on-base chances. Amed Rosario is a 3C base-stealer.
Pitching: Jacob deGrom is one of just three regular starters who allows just 1 Deep Drive. Zack Wheeler is one of the others! Oh, and Noah Syndergaard gives up only 2. deGrom also ties for a set-best 8 on-base chances against and has 21 strikeout readings. He’s one of only 2 SP-11 pitchers. Syndergaard struggles with men on base – he’s one of just three +2 Holds.
Batting: Lots of deep drives here – Khris Davis, Stephen Piscotty, and Matt Chapman each have 8. Davis goes deep on 00-58 from his Deep Drives.
Pitching: Closer Blake Treinen is a set-best “rare 5” for Deep Drives allowed as well as with 5 on-base chances against.
Batting: Justin Bour homers on 00-55 from his Deep Drives.
Pitching: Aaron Nola allows just 10 on-base chances. Closer Seranthony Dominguez has 8.
Defense: Nick Williams is a RF-1.
Batting: Corey Dickerson has 9 Deep Drives and Gregory Polanco has 8. Starling Marte is a 4C base-stealer
Pitching: Nick Kingham serves up 9 Deep Drives. Reliever Kyle Crick has 0 Deep Drives allowed.
Defense: Dickerson is a LF-5.
San Diego (66-96)
Batting: Hunter Renfroe has 8 Deep Drives.
Pitching: Bryan Mitchell (23) and Eric Lauer (20) put a lot of runners on with high on-base chances against. Mitchell is also a +2 Hold. Reliever Kirby Yates allows 0 Deep Drives. No rated closers.
Defense: Jose Pirela is a 2B-1.
San Francisco (73-89)
Pitching: Closer Will Smith has just 8 on-base readings against. Reliever Reyes Moronta allows 0 Deep Drives.
Batting: Nelson Cruz has a set-best 00-62 on HR from Deep Drives. Mike Zunino ties with a set-worst 26 strikeout readings. Dee Gordon is a 4C base-stealer.
Pitching: Closer Edwin Diaz has a rare 8 Deep Drive reading, a 2nd-best 7 on-base chances, and 34 strikeout readings. James Paxton has 21 strikeout readings.
Defense: Zunino is one of just 5 catchers with a -1 Arm. Kyle Seager is a 3B-5.
St. Louis (88-74)
Batting: Matt Carpenter has 8 Deep Drives.
Pitching: Carlos Martinez allows just 1 Deep Drive, while Miles Mikolas and Michael Wacha each give up only 2. Reliever Jordan Hicks is a rare 6 on his DD.
Defense: Yadier Molina is one of just 5 catchers with a -1 Arm. Carpenter and Jose Martinez are each a 1B-1, while Jedd Gyorko is a 3B-1 across the diamond.
Tampa Bay (90-72)
Batting: Mallex Smith is a 4B base-stealer.
Pitching: Blake Snell allows just 10 on-base chances and has 21 strikeout readings.
Batting: Joey Gallo goes deep on 00-57 from his Deep Drives and also has 25 strikeout readings.
Pitching: Bartolo Colon has 10 Deep Drives against and Mike Minor has 8. Reliever Jose Leclerc has none. Martin Perez allows 23 on-base chances and Yovani Gallardo has 22. Leclerc allows only 8 and also has 28 strikeout readings.
Defense: Jurickson Profar is a SS-1.
Batting: Kevin Pillar and Randal Grichuk each have 8 Deep Drives.
Pitching: Marco Estrada allows 10 Deep Drives. Aaron Sanchez gives up 20 on-base chances.
Batting: Anthony Rendon one just a few NLers with 9 Deep Drives. Rookie Juan Soto has 24 on-base chances. Trea Turner is a 3A base-stealer.
Pitching: Max Scherzer has just 9 on-base chances against and has 24 strikeout readings. He’s one just two SP-11 pitchers. Erick Fedde gives up 21 on-base chances.
Defense: 2B Wilmer Difo, 3B Rendon, and SS Turner are all 5s! Bryce Harper, however, is a RF-1.