“Power Hitters” West Starter Set

 

Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles (.267 AVG, 39 HR, 97 RBI)
The power-hitting West Starter Set sports 2017 NL ROY Cody Bellinger, the fastest man ever to reach 21 home runs in his career. LA fell short in Game 7 of the World Series last year, but they are still the NL favorite in 2018. This stacked team will have 6 rare foils in the upcoming base set (Bellinger, Jansen, Kershaw, Seager, Turner, and Wood). We felt Bellinger was the perfect fit to lead this Starter Set full of household names like Albert Pujols, Robinson Cano, and Evan Longoria. Chris Carter 2.0 also makes his appearance in the form of Khris Davis. It should be interesting to see how many teams will utilize the HR/RBI icon with Davis’ mere 210 salary. He’s definitely a player you’re going to see frequently used off the bench in ’18.

 


Joey Gallo, Texas (.209 AVG, 41 HR, 80 RBI)
Everyone in this Starter Set lineup has hit at least 26 homers or more in a season, and most of them much more. But no one else shocked the baseball world like Joey Gallo last year. Gallo debuted in 2016,  leaving a disappointing line with a .040 AVG  and 1 hit (HR). But there wasn’t much of a sophomore slump for Gallo, who somehow managed to crush 41 homers in 2017, despite a .209 AVG and 196 K’s. Therefore it shouldn’t be a shock you that Gallo has an 8-out chart. Gallo’s other Achilles heel is his -3 clutch rating.  But it’s go big or go home because Gallo is one of the few players with an 18+ HR. So go ahead and play the “Go Big O Go Home” strategy card on Gallo and enjoy a 13-14 2B, and 15+ HR, if it works.

 

 

Martin Maldonado, Los Angeles (A) (.221 AVG, 14 HR, 38 RBI)
The next featured player is Martin Maldonado. I know, you’re wondering why I would feature the player with the 2nd least power on the team (bench included)? Maldonado is the 3rd cheapest catcher in 2018, and comes with the highly sought after GG icon. Unless you’re going to stack your lineup with Posey or Sanchez, you’re probably going to choose a defensive catcher. So what better deal are you going to find than Maldonado? There is a good chance he is utilized both in lineups and off the bench. Catchers are going to be one the most interesting positions to watch this upcoming season.

 

 

Yusmero Petit, Oakland (91.1 IP, 2.76 ERA, 0.95 WHIP)
Multi-inning relievers were a very interesting part of Clutch Baseball 2017. Chris Devenski (2.16 ERA, 108.1 IP in 2016) debuted in our Mid-Season Set last year winning every Clutch Baseball fan’s heart over. Devenski became such a staple on the Clutch scene in 2017, he became banned from several leagues and tournaments. Unfortunately, Devenski wasn’t used as heavily in the latter half of the season and is now a 1 IP pitcher. Have no fear though, there will be plenty of multi-inning options in Clutch Baseball this year.  One example is Yusmeiro Petit, who is featured in this Starter Set, with a low 225 salary, command 5 R+1, +4 defense, 1-2 X-Zone, and 2 IP.

 

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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 as holographic cards.

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