Friday, June 10, 2016

2014 Topps #265: Yordano Ventura, Kansas City Royals, P

     Yordano Ventura pitched his first full season in the majors during the 2014 season after making only three starts the previous year.  Ventura made 30 starts for the World Series contending Royals in 2014, winning 14 games with a 3.20 ERA and 159 Strikeouts in 183 Innings Pitched.  He made two starts against the Giants in the 2014 World Series, winning 1 game with a 1.46 ERA and 6 Strikeouts in 12.1 Innings Pitched.  He also scored a Run on a Hit in 4 AB's during the regular season.

On June 7th, 2016, Manny Machado charged Ventura on the mound in the 5th inning after being hit by a 99 mph fastball.  Earlier in the game Machado stared Ventura down and taunted him with verbal expressions after popping out in the 2nd inning.  For the altercation, Ventura was suspended for 1 start, while Machado was suspended for 4 games.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

1993 Topps #36: Scott Servais, Houston Astros, C

Scott Servais played for 4 different teams from 1991-2001, but mostly for the Houston Astros.  His 1993 On-Base Percentage was .313 and his Slugging Percentage was .415 for an OPS for .727.  As a Catcher, Servais ranked in the top 5 for Double Plays Turned, Range Factor/9Inn, Range Factor/Game, and Fielding Percentage in 1993.  Servais remained with the Houston Astros until 1995, when he was traded to the Chicago Cubs along with Luis Gonzalez.  He would eventually reach the playoffs with the Cubs in 1998.

Scott Servais took over as manager for the Seattle Mariners in 2016.