Saturday, October 2, 2021

Game 160 - 2019 Topps Total #663 Ranger Suarez

Phillies 5
, Marlins 0
Game 160 - Friday Night, October 1st in Miami
Record - 82-78, 2nd Place, 4 1/2 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  Ranger Suarez concluded his amazing season with seven more shutout innings, as the Phillies defeated the Marlins, 5-0.

What It Means:  With the win, the Phillies secured their first winning season since 2011.

What Happened:  Suarez scattered six hits over his outing while striking out nine and improving his season record to 8-5.  Per this Tweet from Ryan Spaeder, Suarez's ERA of 1.36 is the lowest in history by a pitcher with at least 10 games started and 20 games in relief.  That's incredible.  Bryce Harper recovered from his rough series in Atlanta to go 3 for 5 with a single, double, home run and two RBIs.  Matt Vierling added his second home run of the season in the ninth. 

Featured Card:  I love that I'm running out of Suarez cards to feature and I'm hoping Topps took notice of his performance this season, giving him some cardboard appreciation in their 2022 releases.  This is his Topps Total card from 2019, and to date Suarez hasn't appeared on any baseball cards in 2021, with the exception of a recent Topps Now appearance which I don't yet have in hand.

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