I recently received another Zippy Zapping from everyone's favorite Luis Torrens supercollector. Actually the package was addressed from Torrens in San Diego, but I could see through that. Torrens has not been given much game experience so far this year and it is likely San Diego will send him back to the minors next season for more seasoning, but they have to keep him up this year to avoid sending him back to the Yankees.
Anyway, on to the package:
1. Roger Clemens. This is from the All-Time All Stars insert set, which featured quite a few Red Sox cards. Clemens won the 1986 All Star Game MVP, the same year he won the Cy Young Award and the AL MVP. Unfortunately for Boston, he struggled a bit in the postseason.
2. Xander Bogaerts. Bogaerts has been struggling again of late. He needs to figure out how to play well all season long. He still has solid numbers but his power is way down from last year.
3. Craig Kimbrel. Kimbrel has been a beast.
4. Chris Sale. Sale is cruising toward his first Cy Young Award. He has been amazing, which is good because I was apprehensive about giving up both Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech to get him.
5. Xander Bogaerts.
6. David Ortiz. With the way he has been appearing in sets this year, you would think he was still playing. I wish he was, because Boston needs some power.
7. Mookie Betts. It has been a down season for Mookie. Hopefully he will make the necessary adjustment and get back to his 2016 production. I almost wonder if he has some nagging injury.
8. Xander Bogaerts. I saw this card in Zippy's clone break post. When he approached me about a trade, I was hoping it would be included.
9. Blake Swihart. A couple of minor league cards made an appearance. Swihart is trying to get back on track right now.
10. Matt Barnes. Barnes has been a big part of the Red Sox bullpen this year and has quietly turned in a nice season.
11. John Valentin. Nice wantlist hit here. My wantlist is my primary focus at this point.
12. Jagger Rusconi. You can always count on Asian-only cards from these packages. Rusconi's versatility is his strongest asset. That will not likely help him make it to the Majors unless he can start hitting more.
13. Tate Matheny. Mike Matheny's son has put up solid, if unspectacular hitting numbers.
14. Rafael Devers. This, along with the Bogaerts purple parallel is the best card in the package. Devers arrived in Boston ahead of schedule to solidify third base and looks like the real deal.