A great way to start a collection is by acquiring the cards of players before they blossom into better players. This can be done by purchasing cards of players you believe to be on the pathway to bigger and better things, as well as by doing well in the weekly tournaments and hopefully being awarded a card of a star.
This is going to be my focus, and where I hope my expertise comes in handy. Sure, getting to know the nuances of the game will be integral, but good old-fashioned baseball smarts will be the key. My objective with the readers is to share some thoughts on player strategy in tandem with learning how to better play a game.
With respect to my trek into Sorare, I played in two tournaments since last week's roster reveal. Considering I'm in a pool with thousands of others who have been playing all summer, my expectations were low. To wit, in the September 19-22 tournament, I finished 25,659 out of 28,956. Not great, Bob.
Even so, I was awarded another card for my efforts. Welcome aboard, Chris Stratton! Earlier in the week, Ramon Urias was added to my collection. As you can see, while I may fall into a fortuitous card, purchasing some up-and-comers is the more strategic approach.
That said, there are only a few tourneys left. However, there are some clear weak spots in my lineup, so checking out what's available on the Sorare market seems wise.
I'm mostly looking for a middle infielder, outfielder and reliever, with outfield as the chief target. I have the Nationals' Luis Garcia in the middle, and he has a chance to develop (that's all I can hope for at this point). Giovanny Gallegos will get me through the season as a reliever, and it's the easiest position to restock on the fly. Currently, I get to choose between outfielders Bubba Thompson, Victor Reyes and Charlie Culberson. I'm using Thompson, but something tells me the more competitive clubs have better options.
At least for the next few weeks, and into the offseason, this will be my plan. Once I have a few up and coming players, I'll hang tight and see what develops.
As for my lineup in this weekend's tournament, I'm going with
- SP: Corbin Burnes
- RP: Giovanny Gallegos
- CI: Alec Bohm
- MI: Luis Garcia
- OF: Bubba Thompson
- UT: Donovan Solano
- H/P: Drew Rasmussen
Wish me luck. Next week I'll report on my first foray into the market and hopefully unveil my inaugural purchase or two.