When Pastor Rich Zawadzki sent me this Zach Britton card for last season and said “Monster card”, I first thought he was referring to Zach’s hitting skills. I’m a little behind the times though. It was in 2011 when Britton was a C starter but had double 1s and a 25-7.
Of course, once I saw Rich’s card, I was instantly reminded of Britton’s excellent season out of the pen last year. His 0.54 ERA and 47 saves for the Orioles qualified him for the rare A&B* grade.
By the way, Britton’s grade translates to 28* if you’re playing the Master Game. That’s two points less than the highest MG grade of 30 given out by APBA. In addition, Britton struck out 74 batters and only walked 18 in 67 innings. For that, he will receive the additional threat of the XYZ ratings. Batters beware!
Did Zach get a monster hitting card? Nope, he received a standard 7-8-9 American League pitchers’ card. That’s ok. Hitting isn’t in his job description anymore.