“Power Pitching” East Starter Set

As the 2018 season approaches, we remember the incredible 2017 season and all of the historic moments we witnessed.  We saw a rookie hit 50 home runs, a walk-off homer to complete a cycle, a 4-homer game, and a Willie-Mays-Hays flip over the catcher onto home plate. We saw “The Kid” get inducted into the Hall. Adrian Beltre knotched his 3,000th hit. Albert Pujols became the 9th player to join the 600 home run club. Cleveland went on a 22-game win streak breaking the AL record. We saw another rookie phenom, Cody Bellinger, become the fastest player to ever reach 21 home runs in their career. The incredible season was finally capped off by Houston, who lost 100+ games in 3 straight seasons 4 years prior, defeat LA in Game 7 of the World Series. Not only was it an incredible season for baseball and it’s fans, but it was a banner year for Clutch Baseball. After several years in the making, a successful Indiegogo campaign launched Clutch Baseball into reality.

3 Different Themed Starter Sets (East, Central, West)
Last year I had the privilege of bringing you the first exclusive peek of our 2017 set in a short series of “Can’t Miss Clutch Cards” blogs. This year I will be previewing a different Starter set each week, as well as a few other “themed” “Can’t Miss Clutch Cards” teams up to our 2018 release. If you are new to Clutch Baseball, your best option is to start with a Starter Set. There are 3 different starter sets to choose from: East, Central, and West. This year our East set will feature “Power Pitching”, the Central set will feature “Speed and Defense”, and the West set will feature “Power Hitters”. Each set comes with a complete 25 man roster, 20 strategy cards, and 5 stadiums. The included strategy decks will also be relevant to the players in your Starter Set, allowing for more competitive games right out of the box.


Chris Sale, Boston (17-8, 2.90 ERA, 308K)
So which Starter Set is right for you? If you’re looking to bolster the top of your rotation, look no further than the “Power Pitching” East set which features the rare foil Chris Sale. Sale is without a doubt the best left-handed starting pitcher in the AL. The ace lead the league with 308 K’s, 43 more than the next pitcher (Corey Kluber). Sale is absolutely lights out with 6 command, 18 outs on his chart, and the K icon. Drop the new strategy card “Fast Worker 2.0” on Sale, and he could go the distance for you! Did I also mention that the #3 starter Chris Archer ALSO rocks the K icon too?!


Jose Ramirez, Atlanta (62 IP, 3.19 ERA, 1.18 WHIP)
This team may have a stacked rotation, but don’t sleep on the bullpen! If for some reason you get into a jam with one of these aces, you have plenty of 6 command options to choose from with Chapman, Neshek, and Madson (who will feature our new Hold icon). Honestly this bullpen is probably better than it needs to be, figuring how amazing the starting pitching is. But hey, it is the power pitching deck! So let me introduce to you my favorite card in this bullpen (for the price). No, not top-3 in the AL MVP voting Jose Ramirez, but the middle relief man from Atlanta. Where else will you find a middle reliever with a 4 R+1 command, 1-2 X-Zone, and Hold icon for a mere 135 salary?! My gut feeling tells me we will be seeing Ramirez on more teams in 2018 than just the “Power Pitching” East Starter set.

Manny Machado, Baltimore (.259 AVG, 33 HR, 95 RBI)
There’s a reason I left the lineup for last. It’s not flashy, but man is it practical. The biggest name you will find in this lineup is Manny Machado, who has just recently been announced Baltimore’s opening day shortstop. Machado, who played every game at third base last year, has started a combined 49 games at SS in his 8 major league seasons. This makes his card versatile, and much more valuable. He may only have an 11 on-base, but his chart is super nice. Only 5 outs, doubles on 16, and homers on 19. Drop him in Baltimore Yards, and the dude has an 18+ HR (sorry, you will have to look for this card in booster packs!)


Tyler Flowers, Atlanta (.281 AVG, 12 HR, .378 OBP)
Is Tyler Flowers this year’s Salvador Perez? Salvo was probably the most commonly used catcher last year. But what if I told you that you could have 2 more on-base, and 1 less out for 5 more salary? Your biggest loss will be cutting defense from +9 to +5…. but hey, enjoy that extra (4) speed! The East set is a great place to start with because it has 4 batters with 110 salary or under, while covering all 8 positions. The last selling point I need to make for this team is the fact that it has the most affordable 12 on-base utility player that Clutch Baseball has ever made in Derek Dietrich (235 salary).

Next week: “Speed and Defense” Central Starter Set. View Complete Starter rosters here.


Sean Norberg

Co-Creator of Clutch Baseball. Grew up on Long Island, NY. Life-long Yankee fan, teacher, and coach.
Created his own cards as a kid using index cards and aluminum foil for holographic cards.