I've been spending more time looking at each card when sorting lately. Time is one thing I have a little bit more of these days.
I enjoy playing games like, "What's his career home run total or batting average?"
Pausing while filing this Kyle Hendricks card away, I pondered, "What is Hendricks career ERA?"
Well, there you go. The ERAs from his first five MLB seasons are as follows: 2.46, 3.95, 2.13, 3.03 and 3.44. Naturally, his career earned run average is over 4 then.
Wait, what? Hendricks' WHIP is off as well, but every other column is correctly totaled.
Here's a screenshot from baseballreference.com documenting what the 5-year totals should be.
So, The Professor's ERA and WHIP should be 3.07 and 1.110, respectively. How did Topps come to 4.10 and 1.48?
Only half joking: Did Topps make stat error variations in 2019?
I'm sure I can't fathom how they came to these numbers, but if Topps needs a stat checker I'm their guy.