Advantage: Pitchers Event – Best and Budget Players At Every Position- Build the best squad for cheap.

The newest event in The Show 17 will be called Advantage: Pitchers. The event will run from July 27th to August 7th.

The event allows for all players, from “Common” all the way up to “Diamond,” however, the maximum overall for a team is an 85 OVR rating.

This Event requires hitters with a Vision attribute of 50 or below. In addition, the minimum overall for any player is 60 OVR. The 60 OVR minimum is to keep players from using 59 OVRs and below to make their overall team rating go down.

The games through the Advantage: Pitchers event will be 6 innings each. This is disappointed to those working 40+ hours a week will most likely not be able to obtain 40 cumulative rewards.

The 3, 6, 9, and 12 win rewards are as follows:

  • 12 WINS PER ENTRY: Hardware Flashback Ryan Braun (Diamond, 92 OVR 3B)
  • 9 WINS PER ENTRY: Rookie Legend Roy Oswalt (Gold, 89 OVR Starting Pitcher)
  • 6 WINS PER ENTRY: Guaranteed Silver Live Series Player
  • 3 WINS PER ENTRY: Guaranteed Bronze Live Series Player

The 5, 10, 25, and 40 cumulative win rewards are as follows:

  • 40 WINS CUMULATIVE: Hardware Flashback Jake Arrieta (Diamond, 99 OVR Starting Pitcher)
  • 25 WINS CUMULATIVE: Impact Veteran Legend Eddie Murray (Diamond, 93 OVR 1B)
  • 10 WINS CUMULATIVE: Guaranteed Gold Live Series Player
  • 5 WINS CUMULATIVE: Guaranteed Silver Live Series Player

I will give tips on what, in my opinion, is the best line up to have for this event. I’ll include two different picks, including one being the best option and the second being a budget option.

Note: I kept this list limited to players who could be purchased from the market outright without the having to do missions and so on. That is why players such as 97 OVR Matt Kemp will not be included in this list. 

Pitching: Use your best possible starter and reliever, then adjust your lineup accordingly to fit the 85 OVR maximum.

Catcher – Best: Breakout 95 OVR Jorge Posada

~Budget: 87 OVR Gary Sanchez

First Base – Best: Hardware 94 OVR Ryan Howard

~Budget: 85 OVR Wil Myers

Second Base – Best: 82 OVR Jedd Gyorko

~Budget: 81 OVR  Javier Baez

Third Base – Best: 92 OVR Kris Bryant

~Budget: 85 OVR Miguel Sano

~Third: 82 OVR Jake Lamb

Short Stop – Best: All Star 83 OVR Addison Russell

~Budget: 79 OVR Johnathan Villar

Left Field – Best: Impact Veteran 87 OVR Justin Upton

~Budget: 83 OVR Micheal Conforto

Center Field – Best: 88 OVR George Springer

~Budget: 82 OVR Jackie Bradley Jr

Right Field – Best: 88 OVR Giancarlo Stanton

~Budget: 87 OVR Aaron Judge

 

As I said before, make sure that your pitching rotation and bullpen is solid, then begin making decisions about whether to take the best or budget player to balance out your team. The players on your bench can vary however you’d prefer, but I would add one or two Commons to bring your rating down a little bit. I hope that this list has helped with building your team for this upcoming new event.

Written by Brad Williams

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Aaron Judge Struggles: 1-21 in Start of Second Half

For the first half of this season the rookie stud outfielder for the New York Yankees Aaron Judge took Major League Baseball by storm. In first half,  Judge’s stat line was .329/.448/.691. He also led the league with 30 home runs, 75 runs scored (2nd) and 66 RBIs (2nd).

According to FanGraphs WAR, the best rookie season ever is held by Mike Trout in 2012 with a 10.3 WAR at the end of the season. At the break, Aaron Judge held a 5.5 WAR in 86 games, if he were to keeps up his pace he will end the season with a 10.4 WAR, edging out Mike Trout for the best rookie season in MLB history.

However, Judge has had an extremely rocky start to the second half the season. Since returning from the All-Star Break Judge has went 1-21 in 5 games, dropping his stat line from .329/.448/.691 to .311/.432/.649. Judge’s one hit came off of a infield single, however, he also crushed a ball deep into the triangle of Fenway Park only to be robbed of a home run by Jackie Bradley Jr, who made a stunning catch. Judge’s hard-hit rate in the first half of the season was 25%, since the start of the second half it has also dropped to 10%.

In Judge’s most recent game verses the Twins he went 0-3 with a strikeout and a walk. Even though he is struggling at the plate, he is not struggling in the field. During the game, Miguel Sano hit a fly ball into right field, Judge caught the ball and Brian Dozier tagged up from 3rd base. Judge fired the ball to home plate, throwing out the speedy Dozier for a double play. Judge’s throw was clocked at 97.7 mph.

The Home Run Derby has been to blame for years by sluggers who start the second half in a slump. Judge doesn’t think so, on July 10th, he said “I don’t think it has anything to do with it at all.” Yankees Skipper Joe Girardi addressed his young slugger’s struggles after Sunday’s loss in Boston, “It’s going to happen at some point. You’er going to have a tough three or four days, five days.”

Judge needs to get focused and start hitting the baseball before first place in the division gets out of reach. The Yankees are currently 3.5 games back in the AL East.

Jose Quintana’s Historic Start in Cubs Debut

Jose Quintana’s was traded from the Chicago White Sox to the Chicago Cubs last Thursday for 4 Cubs prospects. Two of  the four prospects traded to the White Sox were listed as the top two prospects within the Cubs organization. Shortly after, Quintana was added to the Cubs rotation and set to start verses the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.

The trade of Quintana was the first time in 11 years that the Cubs and White Sox had conducted a crosstown trade. After the trade many fans were exited to see if Quintana would be able help steer the struggling Cubs in the right direction. Quintana’s much anticipated start on Sunday did not disappoint.

In his first start with the Cubs, Quintana proceeded to have one of the best games of his career. He went 7 innings, gave up 3 hits, walked zero and struck out 12 Baltimore Orioles hitters. His performance made the Cubs line up look like it was 2016 all over again, propelling the them to win 8-0.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Quintana has joined Randy Johnson in being the only pitchers to have double digit strike outs with two different teams in the same season since 1900.  After the game Quintana said “This one is special for me. First one with the Cubs. I’m really happy.”

Cubs players are happy to be back to baseball, and grateful for Quintana’s work on the mound. Catcher Wilson Contreras said “We are back to where we were last year.” He also praised Quintana on an outstanding start, “We knew that he could pitch pretty good, but today was his day,” Contreras said ” After the game, I thanked him.”

The Cubs have gotten off to a hot start since the All-Star Break, outscoring the Orioles 27-11 in 3 games. If the Cubs line up can continue giving run support  to their pitchers then we may be in for a treat for the second half of the season.

 

 

MLB Expansion: Commissioner Hints

Major League Baseball hasn’t expanded since 1998 when they introduced the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the Arizona Diamondbacks. The most recent relocation was the Montreal Expos to Washington DC in 2005.

This week, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred mentioned 3 cities that he would be open to expanding to. These expansions would not come in the immediate future, however they are options for down the road.

The commissioner named 3 cities:

Montreal, Canada

Mexico City, Mexico

Charlotte, NC

“I know the Mayor of Montreal has been very vocal about bringing baseball back to Montreal,” Manfred said, “Charlotte’s a possibility. And I’d like to think that Mexico City or some other place in Mexico would be a possibility.” The commissioner also said that the situation with Oakland and Tampa’s stadiums needs to be resolved before moving forward with any sort of ideas of expansion.

There has been several rumors and speculation that the Tampa Bay Rays or Oakland A’s would be relocated to Montreal so that Charlotte and Mexico City could get a team. Having 33 teams would make the NL and AL lopsided with one having 16 teams and the other having 17 teams. It would be a scheduling nightmare so relocating a team and expanding 2 would most likely be the best possible route.

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