Sunday, January 14, 2018

AL All-Star Pitchers

The final post in our 2017 All-Star Set: the AL pitching staff! Unsurprisingly, it's another staff loaded with great cards. Also unsurprisingly, most of the starting pitchers could not keep up the production and their season end cards dropped a tier or so by the end of the year. Still, the amazing first half of Dallas Keuchel gives him the best AL starter card. Chris Sale and eventual Cy Young winner Corey Kluber are not far behind, giving them a devastating 1-2-3 punch to the top of the rotation. They get a fourth and fifth Tier 2 starting pitcher in Ervin Santana and Jason Vargas. The Astros also sent Lance McCullers (who definitely fell off) and he provides a decent Tier 3 arm. Michael Fulmer, Chris Archer, Yu Darvis, and Luis Severino (who was a tier 2 by years end) also provide depth as Tier 3 starters. The bullpen is the true jewel in the AL's crown, featuring several amazing arms. The best are Andrew Miller and Craig Kimbrel, giving Tier 1 cards with huge strikeout ranges and no doubles. Osuna, Kintzler, and a fun IP 2 Chris Devenski give them a plethora of Tier 2 guys to help out even more. Finally, there's one of the most fun cards -- a Tier 3, yet Control 1 Delin Betances, who has an absolutely monster all-or-nothing card.

I hope you enjoy these cards and the whole set, let us know if you ever play a game with them!


Saturday, January 6, 2018

NL All-Star Pitchers

We continue rolling out the 2017 All-Star set with the pitchers from the National League. A reminder: these cards were constructed using only pre-All Star game statistics, so they're inevitably a bit overpowered due to the small sample size. Unsurprisingly, many of these pitchers were unable to maintain their incredible first half stats throughout 2017. However, Stephen Strasburg actually finished the season with a better card and Kershaw, Scherzer, and Ray maintained their excellent tier 2 status. Meanwhile, Alex Wood dropped down a tier and Greg Holland basically had his arm fall off in Coors Field, going from a sub-2 to a 3.61 ERA between the break and end of the season.

Friday, December 29, 2017

2017-18 Hot Stove

The Hot Stove has been moving extremely slowly this season. Right now, star players like JD Martinez, Yu Darvish, Lorenzo Cain, Jake Arrieta, and Eric Hosmer remain unsigned. As players get picked up, we'll continue updating this article. However, there's still been some high impact moves this offseason! From the bullpen reloading in Colorado to the Marlins fire sale, there are plenty of useful cards on new teams next season. Obviously Giancarlo is the one people are most excited about, but players like Ozuna, Cozart, and Chacin are big additions for their teams too. Hopefully, as fans of major, exciting moves, we will get to see Manny Machado move to a contender too!

For our first wave, completed by 2017's end signings, we've got the following players:

Thursday, December 28, 2017

NL All-Star Hitters

We continue presenting the 2017 All Stars with the National League hitters! Again, sorry for the massive delay, but better late than never!

Starting Lineup: The NL obviously is still star studded, but doesn't quite equal the AL in terms of sheer firepower.  Charlie Blackmon doesn't bring a lot of speed to the lead-off role, but wow, his chart is an incredible amount of fun and should put him in scoring position frequently. He's followed by Harper and Stanton, who can absolutely mash the ball. A pair of Nationals follow in the 4-5 spots with consistent OB 10, high extra base potential charts. Posey is a consistent hitter in the six hole, with Arenado providing a lot of potential for deep bombs in the seventh slot. Ozuna is an exciting hitter and Cozart adds another OB 10 with speed to the bottom of the order. Overall, probably a deeper lineup than the AL, but lacking the top level bats of Trout and Judge.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

AL All-Star Hitters

Although this is coming waaaaaaay too late, we've finally started being able to make a substantive dent in our 2017 All Star Set! So over the course of the next couple weeks, we're going to be rolling out the hitters and pitchers of the NL and AL All Star teams from 2017.

Now, these charts were created based solely on first half stats, so some players final 2017 cards are better (Stephen Strasburg) and frankly most are worse (Ervin Santana, Alex Wood, etc.). However, I hope you enjoy this endeavor, meant as an homage to some of the coolest original sets and to give everyone cards from the best players in 2017! Without further ado, the AL All-Star Hitters!

Starting Lineup: Wow, the AL definitely had plenty of firepower in its starting lineup! Eventual MVP Jose Altuve leads off the squad, followed by a pair of OB 11 mashers! Altuve's Astro teammates are 4-5, really demonstrating the star power that helped Houston win the World Series. Smoak provides a ton of power from the six spot, with Jose Ramirez and Corey Dickerson providing solid, dependable hitting in the 7-8 spots. Salvador Perez has a good arm and a ton of power, just fueling the potential for this scary collection of all-star bats!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Classic St. Louis Cardinals

We're finally back, thanks to a timely Christmas gift of Photoshop! Now that we have the ability to create new cards, we continue the Classic Set with an all-time franchise: The St. Louis Cardinals! The Cardinals are made up of speedy studs and solid pitchers, which led them to three World Series berths in the 1980s. Known affectionately as the Runnin' Redbirds, this team features an incredible amount of speed in high on-base players. If you're a Showdown manager who loves swiping bases and playing small ball, this is the team for you!

This should just be the first of several more teams to come soon! We apologize for the delay and hope y'all are excited for some more Showdown!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Classic Los Angeles Dodgers

Next up in the CLASSIC SET is the Dodgers! Based loosely around the '62 Dodgers, LA features some players that did not play much on that team (but were still ON the team!) who were stars in the 1950s, like Gil Hodges and Duke Snider. The main draw to this team are the two amazing aces: Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale. They create the best 1-2 punch in the CLASSIC SET and I expect people will really enjoy using those cards!