Justin Masterson is the sixth Finest Redemption, Clayton Kershaw the seveth

16 08 2008

Topps has announced that Justin Masterson is the sixth Finest redemption. The pitcher for the Red Sox is currently 4-3 with a 3.36 ERA and a 54-30 K/bb ratio in 67 innings. Masterson was a starter, but is currently pitching out of the Sox bullpen, where Baseball America thinks he’ll end up as a setup man for Papelbon.

The seventh Finest redemption is Clayton Kershaw, and probably the first of these that I’d be excited to have outside the Reds players previously announced. Kershaw ranked the #1 prospect in the Dodgers organization at the beginning of the year, and he’s currently 2-3 with a 3.78 ERA and a 58:35 K/bb ratio in 66.2 innings. However, Kershaw has been lights out in his last four starts, giving up only 4 runs in his last 25 innings while striking out 23. So far, it looks like he’s the pitcher all Reds fans hoped Homer Bailey would be.

As far as the cards themselves, well, the Masterson wins on looks. I’m not sure why Topps couldn’t get an action shot of Kershaw somewhere to use instead of the stoic dugout picture they have. But it almost wouldn’t be Topps without some puzzling and frustrating decision, would it?

So those of you holding Finest redemption #7, enjoy. Those of you holding #6, start calling your Red Sox friends and make a trade.

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19 08 2008
Topps Red Hot Rookies #10 and #11 « Hand Collated

[…] your ace, then. It’s Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers. I wrote something up about him when he was announced as a Topps Finest Rookie. Since that post, Kershaw has gone another 6 innings, giving up a run on 8 hits while striking out […]

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