“Speed and Defense” Central Starter Set

So we’re just a few days out from Clutch Baseball 2018 release, and you still haven’t picked a starter set? Fear not, today this 3-part blog series marches on to help you make the decision. Let’s talk about some of the stand-out players in this set.

So we’re just a few days out from the Clutch Baseball 2018 release. Are you someone who still hasn’t picked a Starter Set? Fear not, today this 3-part blog series marches on to help you make the decision. Let’s talk about some of the stand-out players in this set.

REMINDER: 3 Different Themed Starter Sets (East, Central, West)
Last year I had the privilege of bringing you the exclusive first 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. 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.

 

Jose Ramirez, Cleveland (.318 AVG, 19 HR, 83 RBI)
You want a Starter Set that has everything in it? The Central Starter is loaded with players that have icons. There are  players with the SB icon, SL icon, W icon, Hold icon, and 3 GG icons! This set features the rare foil Jose Ramirez, who finished 3rd in MVP voting last year behind Jose Altuve and Aaron Judge. Ramirez is a 5-tool player, donning just 4 outs, +4 defense (SS and 2B), 16(B) speed, singles on 8, and the SL icon. Oh, and he’s the most valuable switch-hitter in the set. Jose is a sure bet to build a 25 man roster around.

 

 

Whit Merrifield, Kansas City (.288 AVG, 80 R, 34 SB)
If you don’t want to pay out of the nose for speed, look out for Whit Merrifield (led AL in steals) who makes his Clutch Baseball debut in 2018. He is a triple threat with +4 defense, 20(A) speed, and a 5 out chart. Merrifield is the Billy Hamilton of the infield, except better. The biggest difference is Merrifield is CLUTCH! Hamilton on the other had had -3 Clutch in 2017There are only three batters in Clutch Baseball 2018 with 20(A) speed and +2 clutch. The first is Whit Merrifield, the second is Jarrod Dyson, and the third is Mike Trout.

 

 


Byron Buxton, Minnesota (.253 AVG, 16 HR, 29 SB)
I can’t believe we have a Starter Set dedicated to defense, and I haven’t mentioned Byron Buxton yet! I’m sure this year will be a heavy debate between whose the better speed-man: Byron Buxton, Billy Hamilton, or (now center fielder) Dee Gordon. Buxton is the middle ground of the two. If you don’t have a LF/RF with the GG icon, simply use Buxton. Some strategy cards will give a bonus if just one OF has the GG icon. If your lineup is already stacked with left-handed hitters, use Buxton (right-handed). Want an entire speed team? Use all 3 of those guys in the outfield!

 

 

Zach Davies, Milwaukee (17-9, 3.90, 3.3 WAR)
Lastly, this “defense and speed” team is lead by Quintana and Davies (W icon) at the top of the rotation (both have +4 defense). Raisel Iglesias was a major impact in Clutch Baseball last year with his 3 IP. Unfortunately, he has been converted to a full-time closer and has been updated to 1 IP. The good news is that he’s even cheaper now, with a 1 X-Zone, and positive clutch (fairly important for a closer IMO). This Central team has a well balanced pitching staff, with a +4 defensive average.

Next up: “Power-Hitters” West Starter Set.

“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, walk-off homer to complete a cycle, 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 3000th hit. Albert Pujols became the 9th player to join the 600 home run club. The Indians went on a 22-game win streak breaking the American League 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 the Houston Astros, who lost 100+ games in 3 straight seasons 4 years prior, defeat the Los Angeles Dodges in game-7 of the World Series. Not only was it an incredible season for the MLB 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.

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.

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