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Friday, September 14, 2007

MLB Briefs
  • The Yankees 22-year-old rookie pitcher Ian Kennedy had a strong outing on Thursday against the Blue Jays, going 7 innings and allowing just 1 hit, 1 run & 4 BB with 7 K's. He left the game tied up 1-1, and got a no decision. After three major league starts, Kennedy is 1-0 with a 1.89 ERA and is averaging 7.1 K's/9IP. I haven't seen any major league card releases for Kennedy, but he does have a few 04 UD USA Auto & Auto/Jsy cards that are seeing some activity on auction.
  • Alfonso Soriano is only 2 stolen bases away from achieving his 5th 20 HR-20 SB season (last year he actually had a 40-40 season). Soriano is one of the best lead-off hitters in the league, but because he's been having a lot slower season (compared to last year), his 99 Topps Traded Auto has been falling in price every month. It averaged around $122 in June, then $118 in July and $97 in August. Now might be a good time to buy, if you can find them in the $90 range.
  • Justin Verlander picked up his 17th win on Wednesday, striking out 7 in 7 innings, allowing just 1 run & 1 walk against the Rangers. The 24-year-old Detroit starter is on his way to having more wins, more K's/9IP, a lower ERA and fewer HR allowed this season than last. His 05 Bowman Sterling Auto RC & Bowman Chrome Auto RC remain relative deals, averaging around $35 & $60 respectively. This guy is going to be one of the best pitchers over the next decade (or two), and remains a great investment.

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