Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Cards From Nomo's...

Michael over at Nomo's Sushi Platter and I have had some epic trades in the past, so when I was putting some "just because" trade packages together I made sure to throw some Dodgers in the mail for him. Although I didn't expect anything in return, being the nice guy (and excellent trade partner!) he is, he sent me some really nice Phillies back.
First up is this 2012 Lineage Ryan Howard cloth card.  This is one I did not have so it was very nice to receive!  I believe the Phillies' success or failure will rest heavily on the performance of Ryan Howard this upcoming year. Since he was only at about 75% (admittedly) last year, hopefully having more time to rehab his torn Achilles will give him that extra 25% he needs to be back to normal. Now if he could just learn to hit a slider...
Cole Hamels will be a Phillie for a long time, having signed a long term contract last year.   I am thinking of adding him as a player collection.  I wonder, having had so much success last year, if Cole will be the number two starter rather than Cliff Lee.  Cole arguably had a better season than both Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee.
Mike Stutes was hurt most of last year, but prior to going out with his injuries he pitched halfway decently out of the bullpen.  Look for him to rebound in 2013 as a 6th or 7th inning guy.
The question on everyone's mind (ok, just Phillies fans maybe) going into spring is: How are Chase Utley's knees holding up?  I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
Darin Ruf (Babe Ruf) was named the #9 prospect in the Phillies organization this week.  Really? Did they see this guy's performance at the end of last year after having been called up from AA Reading?  Ruf will fight for a starting spot in the outfield this spring.
 Here is another Ryan Howard and a gold Jimmy Rollins!
Hey, how did Ryan Zimmerman get mixed in with all of these Phillies?  Something about these Triple Play cards make me happy.  They are simplistic, and sometimes that is refreshing.

Thanks for the cards, Michael!

1 comment:

  1. Glad you liked the cards I sent. Have a good holiday!