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MLB Sorare: Journey to All Star Continues

MLB Sorare: Journey to All Star Continues

One of the most exciting ways to enjoy the MLB fantasy experience, Sorare gamifies card collecting in a fantasy baseball setting. How does it work? Collect cards (buy, sell, and trade), compete with them (fantasy baseball and collection game), and win rewards (cards, cash, VIP experiences, and more). Sorare has undergone a facelift for the 2024 season, so be sure to give yourself some time before the new Game Week starts to familiarize yourself with the new interface. For more information, check out our overview here.

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Sorare: MLB Journey to All-Star

Sorare: Journey to All-Star is a pair of competitions that offers Sorare managers the opportunity to win a trip to the 2024 MLB All-Star game. In addition to the VIP packages to the best of MLB All-Star weekend, there will also be regular season tickets, Sorare cards, and a total of $20,000 in cash prizes up for grabs.

VIP Packages

VIP packages have you intrigued? Good. Sorare will be offering five VIP packages for All-Star weekend. In addition to the All-Star game, winners will also get one ticket to the MLB Play Ball Park (one for each day), the MLB Futures Game, the MLB All-Star Game, the Home Run Derby, and either the ASG or Derby on-field practice. There are five single ticket packages available that come with a $1,000 travel credit/voucher. 

There are two ways to enter the draw. The All-Star Collection Event and the June Chase. 

All-Star Collection Event 

The Collection game on Sorare rewards you for assembling collections of your favorite MLB teams and players. Each card you collect boosts your collection score. For this event specifically, managers will seek to achieve the target collection score for one or more teams. Each team collection that meets the score threshold grants you one entry.

All managers will start with one entry, making every successful collection increase your potential chances to win. Collections from any scarcity (excluding Common) and season (2022, 2023, 2024) are eligible. Managers must maintain their collection(s) through the end of the competition at 12 PM on June 24th. Managers can monitor their score in the Sorare MLB lobby and see the full reward breakdown here.

Target scores:
Limited: 150
Rare: 150
Super Rare: 75
Unique: 75

June Chase

The second Chase event is here! For those who may have missed out last month, the Chase event is a multi Game Week event that runs through the final four Game Weeks of the month. This month, the winner of each scarcity will receive once-in-a-lifetime experiences courtesy of Sorare. 

Limited: $1000 + VIP Package to 2024 MLB All-Star Game
Rare: $1200 + VIP Package to 2024 MLB All-Star Game
Super Rare: $2000 + VIP Package to 2024 MLB All-Star Game
Unique: $3000 + VIP Package to 2024 MLB All-Star Game

June Chase Targets

As mentioned above, June Chase is a two week competition that combines the Game Weeks from the last two calendar weeks of the month. You set a lineup for each of the Game Week’s, with your top three scores being counted towards your final cumulative score. When playing a multi-week competition, looking ahead to projected matchups is key not only for pitching but for hitting as well. These are the players I targeted for Sorare’s June Chase competition.

Chris Sale (ATL)

The first start against the New York Yankees would be fade-worthy for most pitchers, but Sale is a former AL East pitcher who will be more settled in than most pitching at Yankee Stadium. Sale is 9-2 on the season with a 2.98 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and a stellar 10.91 K/9 rate. Sale has been one of the best in the league this season and will get the St. Louis Cardinals in the first start in the 10-day window, making him an elite option for the June Chase. Focus on auctions and marketplace listings for sale if possible. 

Shota Imanaga (CHC)

Shota continues to look like the elite pitcher that he was billed as coming over from Japan. He has a 7-1 record on the season, and his punch out power has translated as he has a terrific 9.24 K/9 rate. Shota struggled in May but still sports a 1.89 ERA and 0.99 WHIP. He has the Mets and the Giants on tap, giving him one of the friendliest schedules for an elite pitcher during this June Chase competition. Avoid instant buys if possible, and look for a marketplace listing or trade to add Shota to your roster.

Lucas Gil (NYY)

We are one day off from being able to use the Yankees stack of Chris Sale and Gil, as Sale pitched on Wednesday. Gil has the Baltimore Orioles and New York Mets on tap for the 10-day window, and while the Orioles do give a reason for pause due to Gil looking more human over his last two starts, the Mets are a fantastic chase-worthy matchup. Despite two straight starts performing below expectations, Gil is still sporting a sparkling 9-1 record with a 2.03 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, and an elite 10.80 K/9 ratio. 

Zack Wheeler (PHI)

Wheeler has the Arizona Diamondbacks and Miami Marlins on tap for this window, so you can understand why he is a priority name for the June Chase. Wheeler has been up and down on the season, but is coming off a poor start that should help drive down his market value. On the season, Wheeler is 8-4 with a 2.84 ERA, a 1.01 WHIP, and a 9.68 K/9. Wheeler has one of the easiest schedules of all the pitchers slated to take the mound twice over the next 10 days, making him an ideal roster target for the June Chase. 

Dylan Cease (SD)

Cease has the Milwaukee Brewers and Washington Nationals on tap for the June Chase. The Brewers lead the NL Central, so you will have to make your own mind up about whether he is worth the risk against a good team, but Cease, who already has a win this season against the Brew Crew, should have plenty of familiarity with the roster. Cease has been inconsistent enough (especially lately) that he is a potential steal at his currency marketplace value. We all know how good Cease can be, and he is still sporting solid numbers despite his recent rough stretch. Cease has a 6-6 record with a 3.95 ERA and 1.06 WHIP. The main draw, of course, is his strikeout power. Cease has an elite 11.01 K/9 rate on the season, making him worth a look despite his recent struggles. Make the add where needed. 

Max Scherzer (TEX) 

Mad Max has the Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles on tap, making him the only pitcher on this list with multiple winning teams as opponents. With that said, while Max is no longer the elite hurler many remember, Max is still one of the better pitchers in baseball when he is healthy, and one has to believe that the Rangers wouldn’t be trotting him out there unless they believed he was ready to be dominant. His minor league stint could have gone much better, so you may want to look elsewhere if he struggles in his season debut.

Similar to last month, the goal here was to target pitchers who project to get two (or maybe three) starts during the course of the competition. These players would provide the most value if added to my roster for the June Chase competition. While anyone can look up two start pitchers or projected pitchers over a certain tme frame, we focused on hurlers we consider priority targets for the purposes of this competition. As you may have noticed, they are all 9.00 K/9 or above, which was purposely done as these types of pitchers can still rack up points from strikeouts, even if they do not have a quality start and secure a win. For hitters, my focus is on games played and recent performance, but I exclusively target players with great projected matchups. In other words, players who have teams like the Miami Marlins, Colorado Rockies, or Los Angeles Angels on the schedule. Streaming hitters based on pitcher matchups is more difficult for this sort of competition, as rostering new players is more involved than simply adding and dropping. 

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