Saturday, August 25, 2012

Mail Day! - Vol 1

Any cards I get through the mail, I will post in my Mail day Blog.  I will also post why I got those cards, sometimes it is just because I need to fill a player or set, sometimes I get them for a reason, just like the three cards below.  

Today I got a few things in the mail that I ordered last week.  This group of players have a National League West Coast connection.  Colorado Rockies top Rockie's pitchers (I know, the Rockie's pitching sucks this year!), and one of the Giants top prospects from last year.
  • 2011 Topps Debut Brandon Belt MM-BB
  • 2008 Razor Signature Series Tyler Chatwood 164 #1013/1499
  • 2009 Upper Deck USA Jersey Drew Pomeranz GJU-36
Brandon Belt - By the Giants losing Melky Cabrera may cause a greater need to have a more consistent Brandon Belt.  They need Belt to produce better than his .265 average states.  Though he has played only at first base in 2012, he has played 34 games in the outfield and could play both 1B and OF if needed down the stretch this year.  Belt has superstar potential but playing at such a large park he needs to learn to hit the big gaps and not the long balls.

Tyler Chatwood - He is a former 2nd round pick of the Angels.  He pitches in Colorado, enough said, but he has a bright future.  His cards are common and dirt cheap right now.  Chatwood has had several strong recent outings for Colorado and could develop into a career #3 or #4 starter on some good ball clubs. He spent most of the first half in AAA learning to pitch in the altitude, he has only surrendered 5 HRs so far in 35+ Innings, which is a huge improvement over the rest of the current pitching staff. 

Drew Pomeranz - A former first round pick of the Indians, his cards are now common.  He is still a very young pitcher who was thrown into Major League action a year or two before he was ready.  Not only was he not ready, he pitched for Colorado.  He will continue to mature, and if he stays healthy in a few years we could see him going from a losing pitcher to a winning pitcher. He is currently 1-7, but he has dropped his ERA from near 6.00 to under 5.00, which isn't great but shows improvements.  His major problems right now are control issues, he averages 4.5 walks per 9 innings and at Coors Field, the more free passes mean much more runs.  He is now on a 75 pitch limit per game, which isn't helping him win games (1-7 record) in his stats, but it is lowering his ERA drastically and if he continues we may see a complete turn around next year.

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