The newest Monthly Awards cards have dropped for the month of September. In this program, we received five hitting cards, three relief pitchers, and one starting pitcher.
Let’s take a look at each of these cards and discuss where they will be the most useful.
This first card you will receive is the 96 overall relief pitcher Adbert Alzolay from the Chicago Cubs. This card has a great five-pitch mix with slider, sinker, four-seam, changeup, and cutter. This pitch repertoire is one of the best in the game for a relief pitcher.
Another positive to this card is the 101 H/9, making PCI size very small for your opponents. A negative to this card is the 93 K/9, which means your opponent has a greater chance of fouling balls off and extending at-bats. Overall, this card is really nice, especially if you need a little bullpen help.
While the top guys may not be using him, due to his lack of velocity, but guys who are mid-tier or below could instantly put this guy in their bullpen.
Another relief pitcher is the second card in the program, 96 overall Camilo Doval from the San Francisco Giants. In the month of September, Doval did not give up a single earned run and included three saves to his resume. This card only has a three-pitch mix of a slider, four-seam, and cutter.
While this card does have the velocity, his fastball gets up to 99, this card will not make many bullpens due to the three-pitch mix. He also does not get outlier so his fastball will stay rather flat. This is a theme team card at best.
We get our first hitting card with 97 overall left fielder Austin Hays from the Baltimore Orioles. In September, Hays batted .284 for the Orioles, getting on base at least once in every game except for two. This card’s hitting stats read 78 contact and 114 power against righties, with 95 contact and 92 power against lefties.
While these stats are not the craziest, there is some potential. One of the negatives to this card is the lack of 100+ contact. This far along into the game, it seems like every card that is used in the competitive setting has over 100 contact from both sides of the plate.
After Hays, we get our next hitting card with 97 overall left fielder Ian Happ from the Chicago Cubs. Happ recorded an eight-game hitting streak during the month of September, tallying 16 hits and four home runs. Happ’s hitting line reads 96 contact and 125 power against righties, with 100 contact and 75 power against lefties.
This card could be used immediately for any skill level player, especially after a couple parallels to get his contact to 100+ against righties. One negative is he only has 77 fielding, so even though he does have four other secondaries, he will more than likely be forced to play his primary.
Our only starting pitcher is next with the 97 overall starting pitcher Ranger Suarez from the Philadelphia Phillies. In the month of September, Soireez led all starting pitchers with a 1.15 ERA. This card features a four-pitch mix of sinker, changeup, four-seam, and slider.
This is another card that is pretty cool to have on a theme team but will more than likely not get used much in competitive settings. His fastball/sinker combo barely breaks 90 and his changeup sits at 85 so there is not much speed variance on this card at all.
Our next relief pitcher is the 97 overall Lucas Sims from the Cincinnati Reds. In the month of September, Sims struck out 50% of the batters he faced, while not walking a single batter. He has a four-pitch mix of four-seam, curveball, slider, and changeup.
This card does feature really nice per 9’s with 108 H/9 and 112 K/9 which is something you definitely want in a relief pitcher. The biggest negative to this card is the lack of velocity, with his fastball topping at 95 mph. A potential addition for the mid-tier player but more than likely is another theme team card.
Our only infielder of the program is next, 98 overall third baseman Eugenio Suarez from the Cincinnati Reds. Suarez his .370 for the month of September, with the last 12 games hitting .413 with six doubles and five home runs. Suarez’s hitting stats read 125 contact and 120 power against righties, with 102 contact and 102 power against lefties.
This card immediately becomes useful with his success against both righties and lefties. He can be placed on the bench of any competitive team and used as a regular pinch hitter, not just for the matchup. Look for Suarez to be used a lot right away.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
Our final card before the lightning card is the 98 overall left fielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. from the Toronto Blue Jays. In September, Gurriel led the MLB with 30 RBI’s and hit .542 with runners in scoring position. Gurriel’s hitting stats read 97 contact and 118 power against righties, with 125 contact and 86 power against lefties.
Besides the 125 contact against lefties, I struggle to understand how this card received a 98 overall rating. This is a mediocre card, that could have been used much earlier in the program in my opinion. This is a possible theme team card at best.
The lightning card for September is 99 overall Tyler O’Neill. In September, O’Neill hit .328 while leading the MLB in home runs with 13, RBI’s with 30, and total runs with 31. O’Neill’s hitting stats read 106 contact and 115 power against righties, with 125 contact and 125 power against lefties.
This card’s insane and is easily one of the best lightning cards of the year. His hitting stats are phenomenal and his defense is also great. He has 94 fielding coupled with 99 speed, allowing him to be a great outfield option at any level. Looking at this card, it is hard to find a negative, and it is safe to assume he will be used immediately.
Overall, there are a couple of really nice cards in this program that can be used at any level. This Tyler O’Neill card is going to be a blast to use. Remember, these cards are completely free by completing the moments and knocking out the missions.
While there is a little bit of work to be done to obtain these cards, getting one of the best hitters in the game for free is completely worth it. Make sure to check https://esportsallstar.com for all your esports news. Happy Grinding!