Friday, January 31, 2014

1978 Topps Baseball #86 - Dave Tomlin


  • Dave Tomlin actually changed teams twice between the 1977 and 1978 seasons. In January 1978 Dave was traded (with $125,000) to the Texas Rangers for Gaylord Perry. In late March 1978 Tomlin was sold to the Cincinnati Reds.
  • Tomlin had a great won-loss record, but the ERA probably got him a pretty brutal Strat-O-Matic card. Two outings basically wrecked his stats:
    • On May 7 Dave got roughed up in a 19-5 loss to the Montreal Expos. Tomlin's line was 5 runs in one inning pitched. His ERA rose from 3.00 to 7.20 as a result.
    • Dave was unable to get anyone out in an appearance against the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 9. Tomlin allowed four hits and four runs and saw his ERA go from 4.15 back up to 5.54.
  • 1978 Stats: 9-1, 4 saves, 5.78 ERA in 57 games 
  • 1978 Highlights:
    • April 6 - Earned the save in Cincinnati's 11-9 opening day win over the Houston Astros.
    • July 15 - Pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless ball and improved his record to 5-1 as the Reds beat the New York Mets 7-5.