My Team Affinity: Stage 4 Predictions

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With the calendar turned to October and the MLB Postseason in full-swing, we are now well into the back-half of The Show 20's life-cycle and with that, we will soon see the final stage of the Team Affinity programs roll out.

It has been heavily speculated that Team Affinity 4 will likely be Finest Series cards, as the Team Affinity setup lends itself very well to how they've done the Finest Series in the past.

One thing I'd really like to see is similar to how Stage 1 had gold Prospects Series at about halfway to the diamond Face of the Franchise cards, I'm hoping they do the same except instead of golds, give us high-80s/low-90s diamonds. They could be All-Star, Veteran, traditional Postseason, and Breakout series cards -- maybe even a few Primes/SS, too. For simplicity's sake, I'm going to refer to these cards as "henchmen."

So, with all that in mind, I'm going to do my predictions for each team's Finest card, as well as the midway point card. Without further ado, I hope ya'll enjoy and we can spark a discussion on who deserves a card and which players you'd just like to see get one.

  • Baltimore Orioles
    Finest: Anthony Santander, RF / 98 OVR
    Henchman: Nick Markakis, RF / 93 OVR / Breakout Series

  • Boston Red Sox
    Finest: Alex Verdugo, RF / 99 OVR
    Henchman: Andrew Benintendi, LF / 95 OVR / Classic Future Stars Series

  • New York Yankees
    Finest:Gerrit Cole, SP / 99 OVR
    Henchman: David Robertson, CP / 95 OVR / 2011 Prime Series

  • Tampa Bay Rays
    Finest: Brandon Lowe, 2B / 99 OVR
    Henchman: Kevin Kiermaier, CF / 93 OVR / Awards (2015 Gold Glove) Series

  • Toronto Blue Jays
    Finest: Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP / 99 OVR
    Henchman: Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B / 95 OVR Classic Future Stars Series

  • Chicago White Sox
    Finest: Eloy Jimenez, LF / 99 OVR
    Henchman: Yoan Moncada, 2B / 96 OVR / Classic Future Stars

  • Cleveland Indians
    Finest: Francisco Lindor, SS / 99 OVR
    Henchman: Omar Vizquel, SS / 96 OVR / Signature Series

  • Detroit Tigers
    Finest: Jeimer Candelairio, 3B / 99 OVR
    Henchman: Jack Morris, SP / 94 OVR / Prime Series

  • Kansas City Royals
    Finest: Brad Keller, SP / 98 OVR
    Henchman: Eric Hosmer, 1B / 94 OVR / Prime Series

  • Minnesota Twins
    Finest: Kenta Maeda / SP / 99 OVR
    Henchman: Jose Berrios / SP / 93 OVR / Classic Future Stars

  • Los Angeles Angels
    Finest: Dylan Bundy, SP / 99 OVR
    Henchman: Howie Kendrick, 2B / 93 OVR / Signature Series

  • Oakland Athletics
    Finest: Ramon Laureano, CF / 99 OVR
    Henchman: Marcus Semien, SS / 95 OVR / 2019 Breakout Series

  • Seattle Mariners
    Finest: Kyle Lewis, CF / 98 OVR
    Henchman: Edgar Martinez, 3B / 96 OVR / 1995 Silver Slugger Awards Series

  • Texas Rangers
    Finest: Lance Lynn, SP / 99 OVR
    Henchman: Fergie Jenkins, SP / 95 OVR / 1974 Veteran Series

  • Houston Astros
    Finest: George Springer, CF / 99 OVR
    Henchman: Alex Bregman, 3B / 96 OVR / 2019 Silver Slugger Awards Series

  • Atlanta Braves
    Finest: Freddie Freeman, 1B / 99 OVR
    Henchman: Warren Spahn, SP / 96 OVR / 1957 Cy Young Awards Series

  • Miami Marlins
    Finest: Miguel Rojas, SS / 99 OVR
    Henchman: Cliff Floyd, LF / 96 OVR / Signature Series

  • New York Mets
    Finest: Dominic Smith, 1B / 99 OVR
    Henchman: Matt Harvey, SP / 95 OVR / 2013 Prime Series

  • Philadelphia Phillies
    Finest: Zack Wheeler, SP / 99 OVR
    Henchman: Richie Ashburn, CF / 96 OVR / Signature Series

  • Washington Nationals
    Finest: Trea Turner, SS / 99 OVR
    Henchman: Ryan Zimmermann, 3B / 94 OVR / *Signature Series

  • Chicago Cubs
    Finest: Yu Darvish, SP / 99 OVR
    Henchman: Jake Arrieta, SP / 96 OVR / 2015 Cy Young Awards Series

  • Cincinnati Reds
    Finest: Luis Castillo, SP / 99 OVR
    Henchman: Adam Dunn, LF / 93 OVR / Prime Series

  • Milwaukee Brewers
    Finest: Brandon Woodruff, SP / 99 OVR
    Henchman: Ryan Braun, LF / 96 OVR / 2011 Prime Series

  • Pittsburgh Pirates
    Finest: Colin Moran, 3B / 98 OVR
    Henchman: Willie Stargell, LF / 96 OVR / 1972 Prime Series

  • St. Louis Cardinals
    Finest: Kwang Hyun Kim, SP / 98 OVR
    Henchman: Enos Slaughter, RF / 95 OVR / Signature Series

  • Arizona Diamondbacks
    Finest: Zac Gallen, SP / 99 OVR
    Henchman: A.J. Pollock, CF / 95 OVR / 2015 Gold Glove Awards Series

  • Colorado Rockies
    Finest: Nolan Arenado, 3B / 99 OVR
    Henchman: Carlos Gonzalez, RF / 96 OVR / 2013 Prime Series

  • Los Angeles Dodgers:
    Finest: Corey Seager. SS / 99 OVR
    Henchman: Max Muncy, 1B / 94 OVR / 2018 Breakout Series

  • San Diego Padres
    Finest: Dinelson Lamet, SP / 99 OVR
    Henchman: Kirby Yates, CP / 95 OVR / 2018 Prime Series

  • San Francisco Giants
    Finest: Mike Yastrzemski, RF / 99 OVR
    Henchman: Brandon Crawford, SS / 94 OVR / 2016 Gold Glove Awards Series

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FINEST TOP PLAYERS AT EACH POSITION

SP1 - Shane Bieber (CLE / 99 OVR)
SP2 - Jacob deGrom (NYM / 99 OVR)
SP3 - Trevor Bauer (CIN / 99 OVR)
SP4 - Dallas Keuchel (CHW / 99 OVR)
SP5 - Aaron Nola (PHI / 99 OVR)

RP1 - Liam Hendriks (OAK / 99 OVR)
RP2 - Nick Anderson (TB / 99 OVR)
RP3 - Devin Williams (MIL / 99 OVR)

CATCHER - J.T. Realmuto (PHI / 99 OVR)
1B(1) - Luke Voit (NYY / 99 OVR)
1B(2) - Jose Abreu (CHW / 99 OVR)
2B - D.J. Lemahieu (NYY / 99 OVR)
SS(1) - Tim Anderson (CHW / 99 OVR)
SS(2) - Xander Bogaerts (BOS / 99 OVR)
3B - Manny Machado (SD / 99 OVR)
OF1 - Mookie Betts (LAD / 99 OVR)
OF2 - Juan Soto (WSH / 99 OVR)
OF3 - Ronald Acuna Jr. (ATL / 99 OVR)
DH - Marcell Ozuna (ATL / 99 OVR)

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Didn't we just get a Whitey Ford?

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@ekhyatt said in My Team Affinity: Stage 4 Predictions:

Didn't we just get a Whitey Ford?

Lol, my first thought too

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I love this idea and I hope Arrieta is a part of the cubs, been waiting for that card all year. I can't believe there isn't even a firm date for TA4 yet, hopefully it comes before the end of the month.

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I think we need MORE JRAM CARDS. There are no where near enough this year!

P.S. I do love JRAM.

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@BodamEscapePlan said in My Team Affinity: Stage 4 Predictions:

my predictions for each team's Finest card, as well as the midway point card.

Thank you for this list, BTW. Nice job.

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@ekhyatt said in My Team Affinity: Stage 4 Predictions:

Didn't we just get a Whitey Ford?

Whoops! My bad, I thought I changed that but I guess it didn't make my final version. Anyway, I'm going to change that to either Rookie Series Masahiro Tanaka or Prime David Robertson.

For selfish reasons, I think I'm going to go with Robertson for my all-time White Sox team.

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@arvcpa said in My Team Affinity: Stage 4 Predictions:

I think we need MORE JRAM CARDS. There are no where near enough this year!

P.S. I do love JRAM.

It was "tough" to leave him off here... ya know, that way he has a third 99 overall card! (lmao)

@djpearl23 said in My Team Affinity: Stage 4 Predictions:

I love this idea and I hope Arrieta is a part of the cubs, been waiting for that card all year. I can't believe there isn't even a firm date for TA4 yet, hopefully it comes before the end of the month.

You and me both, man!

I'm a White Sox fan and even I look forward to that card every year. He's one of the lower overall cards I always find myself having a difficult time taking them out of my lineup. I know it'd be the same this year, too.

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I think the Braves will be ozuna and Freddie freeman will get the top 1B seeing that he will likely be the NL MVP

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@Crimson_Monk said in My Team Affinity: Stage 4 Predictions:

I think the Braves will be ozuna and Freddie freeman will get the top 1B seeing that he will likely be the NL MVP

You're likely right. I can't remember if we got the top DH last year.

Considering Abreu has a 98 overall Topps Now, he may not get a Finest card, unfortunately.

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Great work, man. Appreciate all the effort put into this and I hope this is similar to what they give us.

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@MikeForbes101 said in My Team Affinity: Stage 4 Predictions:

Great work, man. Appreciate all the effort put into this and I hope this is similar to what they give us.

I echo this sentiment. Well done OP!

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@BodamEscapePlan said in My Team Affinity: Stage 4 Predictions:

@Crimson_Monk said in My Team Affinity: Stage 4 Predictions:

I think the Braves will be ozuna and Freddie freeman will get the top 1B seeing that he will likely be the NL MVP

You're likely right. I can't remember if we got the top DH last year.

Considering Abreu has a 98 overall Topps Now, he may not get a Finest card, unfortunately.

Good list tho, I don’t have to the time to think about every tam lol. I hope you’re right about the henchman, I like that idea.

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Tim Anderson has to be for the WhiteSox

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Really nice. This theory is why I'm avoiding locking in any of the current extended collections that dropped last week.

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I hope you’re wrong on Kim. His stuff doesn’t translate to a usable card, even a high 90s. Also on Cards, I don’t believe they have Slaughter’s rights this year. No cards yet.

Great work overall. I just hope it isn’t finest. Too many of those players already have cards in the 90s. Not sure any would even make my team at this point.

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@lazy_toast said in My Team Affinity: Stage 4 Predictions:

Tim Anderson has to be for the WhiteSox

Why not Jose Abreu? He is in the running for MVP. I agree it's either him or Tim Anderson.

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this would be incredible, if they also inlcuded Henchman!!!

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This would be a cool way to clan up some of the legends we haven’t gotten such as Morris, Dunn, Slaughter, Spahn, and Ashburn. Really nice list. Only criticism is that they aren’t going to be releasing 90+ overall breakout cards at this stage. Almost all of them would probably be signature, Prime, or awards IMO

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