Strat-O-Matic Opening Day 2013

Here is your first look at the best card in the new Strat 2012 set (you be the judge of which one it is).

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cabrera trout adv

2012 Miguel Cabrera versus Mike Trout will be a debate for the ages. In Strat-O-Matic, however, it’s pretty clear that Trout’s is the better card. AA Steal, 1-fielding in all three OF spots, slightly less power but slightly more on-base. The Basic side of their cards tells the story:

Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout 2012 Strat-o-Matic Basic Cards

Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout 2012 Strat-o-Matic Basic Cards

According to StratFanForum user “Nez477”, Trout is not the most valuable card in the set for draft league purposes. That honor would go to Robinson Cano. Here is what Nez has to say about Cano versus Trout:

2. Mike Trout, CF

Speaking of Trout… he’s my #2 card in the set. The only tiny negative from his first card is the + arm rating, but that’s not unexpected… his range is what makes his defense. He has the 2nd most OB in the set against RHP with 53, 8 diamonds, 63 TB and is an amazing stealer (2-5, 12 is his 1-19 jump). He’s actually my 4th best CFer against lefties since there are so many ridiculous cards against that side, but I’ve never seen that type of OB/TB from a 1 CFer against RHP. I mean last year Kemp was a top 5 pick with 41 OB/58 TB against RHP. Trout is 53/63. I’d be surprised if he can pull of that type of year against RHP again, but then again that’s a crazy statement about someone who just took the league by storm like he did.

And then finally…. my #1….

1. Robinson Cano, 2B

He has the best card in the league against RHP with a 48 OB/72 TB combo. And he’s a 1 at 2B. Done and done.

I mean, Cano isn’t without fault, and he’s a risky #1 overall pick. He has 27 DP. He has a -15 clutch. He doesn’t have speed. Hmm, I’m starting to talk myself out of this one as I go…

NO! He’s a 72 TB guy against RHP and he’s a 1 at 2B. The #12 2Bman is a weak Maicer Izturis. The #12 CFer is Michael Bourn. I’d much rather live with Cano/Bourn than Trout/Izturis. Then go draft Logan Forsythe to play against LHP. Boom, done.

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