Mid-Season Set Details, Composition, Pre-Orders, & More!

For those of you who aren’t sure what the Mid-Season Set is, it’s an expansion pack to the Clutch Baseball 2017 set.  It will feature legends from Miami, 2017 All-Stars, and new Strategy/Stadium cards.  The cards will feature some classic bright Miami-themed colors.  For those of you who have been (im)patiently waiting since we first announced this project back as a stretch goal during our crowdfunding campaign in February, we got you.  In this blog I will be delving to go into the finer details of the Mid-Season Set, such as the composition, purchasing options, pre-order opportunities, and more.

The final Miami legend is being decided by a Twitter fan poll.

For those of you who aren’t sure what the Mid-Season Set is, it’s an expansion pack to the Clutch Baseball 2017 set. It will feature legends from Miami, 2017 All-Stars, and new Strategy/Stadium cards. The cards will feature some classic bright Miami-themed colors.  For those of you who have been (im)patiently waiting since we first announced this project back as a stretch goal during our crowdfunding campaign in February, we got you. In this blog I will be delving to go into the finer details of the Mid-Season Set, such as the composition, purchasing options, pre-order opportunities, and more.

Set

  • 90 Cards
  • 5 Legends (Ultra-Rare)
  • 3 New Strategy Cards (Ultra-Rare)
  • 15 New Players (Uncommon)
  • 60 All-Stars (Rare)
  • 5 Updated Strategy Cards (Uncommon)
  • 2 New Stadium Cards (Ultra-Rare)
  • [10 Ultra Rare, 60 Rare, 20 Uncommon]
  • [80 Players, 8 Strategy, 2 Stadium]

First let’s look at the overall set.  It will feature 5 holographic Legends cards, 4 from Miami and 1 special card based on a prolific achievement by a certain player this year.  60 of the 64 players in the 2017 All-Star Game will be present (sorry to the last two vote-ins and 2 other guys).  Of these 60, 10 will be holographic – 5 from the NL and 5 from the AL.  We’re trying to find players that didn’t already have a holographic card in the 2017 main set (aka Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger).  There will be 5 updated Strategy Cards from the 2017 set with some new twists based on the new All-Star (AS) icon.  Finally, there will be 3 new ultra-rare Strategy Cards, 2 new ultra-rare Stadium Cards, and 15 players that were either snubbed from the 2017 set or have made a name for themselves in the first half of the season (unless they make the All-Star game, and then they will be part of the All-Star cards of course).  A full detailed player-list will be made available as soon as the official All-Star rosters are announced!

Packs

  • 9 Cards
  • 1 Ultra-Rare (Legend, New Strategy Card, or New Stadium Card)
  • 6 Rare (All-Stars)
  • 2 Uncommon (New Players or Updated Strategy Cards)

Many people have asked us if the Mid-Season Set will be available to purchase as a complete set like the 2017 main set.  The answer is no, we are selling these as booster packs exclusively.  Why? Well we feel that this set has a more limited edition and collectible feel to it.  Therefore we think it will be interesting to see what people can pull the old fashioned way (and maybe even gloat about it on the internet too).  We’re even thinking of a special reward to whoever can complete the whole set first!  Don’t worry, this isn’t a complete change in our business model and the 2018 main set will be sold in complete packages just like this year.

Pre-Orders

  • Start Wednesday, July 5th
  • 4 Packs/$20
  • 9 Packs/$40
  • Expected release date of early-mid August

While featuring fewer cards at a higher price point than the boosters of the 2017 set, these packs pack an unbelievable punch.  1 Ultra-Rare and 6 Rares guaranteed in every booster means you’ll be able to wreak havoc on the diamond and look good doing it.

Hope everyone is looking forward to these cards as much as we are.  The first half of the season has been amazing, both for us and for baseball.  Here’s to finishing off the rest of 2017 strong!

Can’t Miss Clutch Cards: Strategy Cards

Today I’ll be filling in for Sean for this latest blog in the “Can’t Miss Clutch Cards” series.  The 2017 Strategy cards are the part of Clutch Baseball that I’m most proud of.  We realized early on that we had something great going on as nearly all of our play testers said that these cards were the best part of the game.  Strategy cards allow you to take the reigns of your team as a manager, going beyond the statistics

Today I’ll be filling in for Sean for this latest blog in the “Can’t Miss Clutch Cards” series.  The 2017 Strategy cards are the part of Clutch Baseball that I’m most proud of.  We realized early on that we had something great going on as nearly all of our play testers said that these cards were the best part of the game.  Strategy cards allow you to take the reigns of your team as a manager, going beyond the statistics of your players to truly change the game.  We have painstakingly designed, tested, and redesigned all 70 cards in our inaugural set.  They had to be fun and impactful, yet balanced and fair.  I want to go more in-depth regarding some our Offense, Defense, and Neutral strategy cards.  I’m also going to include “honorable mentions” for cards that I feel are especially powerful/interesting/fun to use.

Offense

My favorite card to play on Offense is Hit And Run.  This is an uncommon card, meaning you can have 2 in your deck.  Just in general I’m super aggressive on the base paths and love to get guys into scoring position.  Hit And Run can be played before an at-bat where there is only one runner on 1st base.  Depending on the result of the at-bat, several different scenarios can play out (as you can see on the card pictured).  However what you really need to know is that 3/5 scenarios are beneficial for the offense, 1/5 is neutral, and 1/5 is potentially bad news.  Just based on those numbers alone I’ll take the odds any day (even though obviously not all scenarios are equally likely), but seeing as you don’t have to discard a card, and even that last scenario can work out if you have a speedy runner on 1st, it’s a fantastic card to me.  Going against a pitcher with a low K-range just sweetens the pot.

Honorable Mentions: Back, Back, Back, Hot Shot/Baltimore Chop, Good Jump, Late Inning Fireworks, Meatball Masher, Reading The Ball

Defense

Digging Deep is a card that doesn’t seem like much at first glance.  You can play it before a pitch in which your pitcher is tired, and it gives you +1 to the pitch and removes the tired aspect.  If you have the SV or W icons, you can also draw 1 card if your pitcher scores an out.  Not bad, but you’re probably thinking it’s not that great for a rare card.   First thing’s first, like Hit And Run you don’t have to discard a card to play Digging Deep.  I’m always a fan of low opportunity cost cards.  Then it removes the tired condition, which gives you +1 Command back.  This also changes the swing from a power die to a regular die roll, which is mathematically about -2.  So on Defense you’ve net yourself +3 to the pitch/swing in a sense, plus the upside of potentially drawing a card. Therefore to me, this card should be in most decks and if you’re using pitchers with the SV or W icon it’s a must have.

Honorable Mentions: Crowd On It’s Feet, Diving Up The Middle, Fast Worker, Pitch Around, Quickdraw, Throwing Gas, Web Gem

Neutral

In my opinion Instant Replay is the most powerful card in the game, simply due to how flexible it is in so many different situations.  It allows you to +/- 1 to any roll, from a pitch, to a swing, to a defensive throw, or a defensive play.  The main uses are obvious – lower your opponent’s roll or increase your own.  However you can really get creative from this.  Raise your opponent’s roll from a K to a GB and turn a double play.  Or lower your own roll to turn a 1B into a BB to wear out the opposing pitcher.  On top of this if you have one of the 4 MVP cards in the set you get an additional boost, turning +/- 1 into +/- 2.  With Mike Trout up to bat and Instant Replay in your hand, you’re looking at a 15 OB with a 17+ HR.  That’s a monster.  You’ll have to discard 1 card no matter what, but this card is without a doubt worth the cost.

Honorable Mentions: Challenge Flag, Deja Vu, Scouting Reports, Not Without A Fight

Hope you liked this edition of “Can’t Miss Clutch Cards.”  Comment  below and let us know which are some of your favorite Strategy cards to use in your deck!

 

Rookies & Surprise Players of 2017

After the 2016 MLB season, the boys at Clutch Baseball ran the numbers. Rookie players Aaron Judge and Andrew Benintendi were two names we rushed to check out. To our dismay, both cards were disappointing to say the least. Judge, who batted .179 with a 50% strikeout rate, would have had a salary of less than 100. Benintendi, despite holding his own last year, still hadn’t given us a large enough sample size to give him his rookie card. Man are we happy we waited.

After the 2016 MLB season, the boys at Clutch Baseball ran the numbers. Rookie players Aaron Judge and Andrew Benintendi were two names we rushed to check out. To our dismay, both cards were disappointing to say the least. Judge, who batted .179 with a 50% strikeout rate, would have had a salary of less than 100. Benintendi, despite holding his own last year, still hadn’t given us a large enough sample size to give him his rookie card. Man are we happy we waited.

Even though we all knew Judge had Stanton-esque power, I doubt many ever dreamt Aaron would be contending for the American League Triple Crown! His 1.162 OPS is absolutely ridiculous. To put it in perspective, Barry Bonds didn’t have an OPS higher than that until his 2001 season (age 36) when he hit 73 homeruns breaking Mark McGwire’s record. If the season ended today, Judge’s on-base percentage of .448 would only trail Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Babe Ruth, George Selkirk, and Lou Gehrig in a full single-season for the Yankees. It may be too early to say this, but Judge may put up Votto/Trout like on-base numbers. Could Aaron Judge become too expensive for your Clutch team?!

Andrew Benintendi has obviously been overshadowed by Aaron Judge this year, but don’t let that distract you from the fact that he leads the Red Sox in RBI’s (38), and is tied for the team lead in homeruns (9) as a 22 year old sophomore in the MLB. Additionally, he only trails Mookie Betts (11) in stole

n bases with (8). As of today, the Red Sox stand at 36-28 trailing the Yankees by only 3 games. All it could take is one hot week, and Benintendi could be the best player AL East leading Boston Red Sox. Look out for this hot card in our Mid-Season Set!

Reigning supreme in the dumpster fire that is the NL East is the Washington Nationals, who are cruising with a 9.5 game lead at 39-25. I think all of us here at the Clutch team would have been last to predict that Ryan Zimmerman would be leading the way with an obscene .372 batting average. Zimmerman was so bad the last two seasons, he managed to have the second lowest salary in all of Clutch Baseball. Last year Zimm hit .218 with an abysmal .272 on-base percentage. To add fuel to the fire, Zimmerman had the worst possible Clutch in the game at -3. We’re guessing next time you use a Ryan Zimmerman card it’ll be in your starting lineup, and not on the bench.

In 2017, we have seen the resurrection of 2011 NL hits champion Starlin Castro. Last year, Castro was traded for Adam Warren (since returned to the Yankees under the Chapman trade) putting up a solid batting average, below average on-base percentage, and some 21 homer pop. It still wasn’t enough to make up for his well below-average 2015 campaign as a Cub, giving Starlin the third lowest salary in all of Clutch Baseball. Surprisingly, Starlin has shown flashbacks of 2011 and is top 5 in the AL in batting average, hits, and runs. He only trails Corey Dickerson (86) in hits with (81). Not only does Castro want a foil card next year, he wants to spice it up with some icons.

Okay, so maybe some of these guys shouldn’t come as a SHOCK that they are doing well. But what if I told you that Logan Morrison, Scott Schebler, and Justin Smoak were all in line to receive HR icons?! Sound crazy? Well Joey Gallo, Mike Moustakas, Cody Bellinger, and Jay Bruce are only 1 HR behind! The MLB season is certainly off to many unexpected starts and there are still plenty more players to talk about. Look out for our Mid-Season Set where we’ll introduce more players to the game that didn’t make the cut for the original 2017 roster.