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September Monthly Awards Program Features Lightning Tyler O'Neill

September Monthly Awards Program Lightning Tyle O'Neill

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September Monthly Awards Program Features Lightning Tyler O'Neill

The September Monthly Awards Program in MLB The Show 21 is headlined by Lightning Tyler O’Neill. You will need to collect eight other Monthly Awards cards en route to snagging the 99 overall Cardinals outfielder. The other new cards to end the final month of this particular regular season program are Adbert Alzolay, Camilo Doval, Austin Hays, Ian Happ, Ranger Suarez, Lucas Sims, Eugenio Suarez, and Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

Now let’s put a bow on the Monthly Awards program by talking about these cards, and then start dreaming about the Postseason and Finest cards that will be in our future.

September Monthly Awards Program


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  • Adbert Alzolay (96 overall)
  • Camilo Doval (96)
  • Austin Hays (97)
  • Ian Happ (97)
  • Ranger Suarez (97)
  • Lucas Sims (97)
  • Eugenio Suarez (97)
  • Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (98)
  • Tyler O’Neill (99)


  • Tally 30 total bases with Topps Now players – 10 points
  • Tally 7 XBH with Topps Now players – 10 points
  • Tally 15 strikeouts with Topps Now players – 10 points
  • Strike out 5 batters with Monthly Awards Adbert Alzolay – 4 points
  • Strike out 5 batters with Monthly Awards Camilo Doval – 4 points
  • Tally 10 total bases with Monthly Awards Austin Hays – 4 points
  • Tally 10 total bases with Monthly Awards Ian Happ – 4 points
  • Strike out 9 batters with Monthly Awards Ranger Suarez – 4 points
  • Tally 10 total bases with Monthly Awards Eugenio Suarez – 4 points
  • Strike out 5 batters with Monthly Awards Lucas Sims – 4 points
  • Tally 10 total bases with Monthly Awards Lourdes Gurriel Jr. – 4 points


September Monthly Awards Program Moments

There are nine moments, and each one is worth 4 points for a total of 36 points.

  • Adbert Alzo-Lays It In There!
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Strike out 5 batters
    • Do not give up 1 run
  • Please Watch Your Step On The Way Out
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Save 1 game
    • Strike out 2 batters
  • Big Hays With Big Plays Vs. Jays
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Tally 2 hits
    • Hit 1 home run
  • Happ Makes You A Sap
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Hit 1 home run
  • Suarez Phillies Ranger
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Pitch 2 innings
    • Do not give up 1 run
  • Bolibomba Suarez
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Tally 6 total bases
  • This Is Not A Simulation
    • Difficulty: Rookie
    • Strike out 3 batters
  • Bow Down To The Lourdes
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Tally 2 XBH
  • Tyler Triceps Muscles Up
    • Difficulty: Veteran
    • Tally 2 XBH


  • Collect 26 September Monthly Awards and Topps Now players – 15 points

Rewards Track And Cards Discussion

  • 5 points – September Monthly Awards Adbert Alzolay

This month’s program is full of NL Central players, and we kick it off with a RHP who has a five-pitch mix out of the bullpen. Alzolay is unique because he has 53 stamina and a primary slider, so he’s a fun little card to have around if you just don’t have much faith in your starters and would rather do a bullpen game. He has 101 H/9 and a sinker and cutter to squeeze in there with a changeup. The velocity is not dominating, but he has 90+ control on every single pitch, including 99 control of his sinker. I have some hope for this card out of the pen when factoring all of that into account.

  • 10 points – Topps Now September (8/30-9/5)
  • 15 points – Diamond shoes, 2,000 stubs
  • 20 points – September Monthly Awards Camilo Doval

Another reliever pops in here, but Doval is more the traditional reliever you expect. He has 99 mph velocity on his 4-seam fastball (but no outlier), and his primary pitch is a slider mixed in with a cutter. He has 125 H/9 and there is enough difference between his cutter and 4-seam speeds to make them solid offerings. He has 90+ control of his slider and 4-seam fastball as well. All in all, this looks like another promising RHP to test out.

  • 25 points – Topps Now September (9/6-9/12)
  • 30 points – September Monthly Awards Austin Hays

Our first hitter is outfielder Austin Hays. He has 114 power vs. RHP. He is a relatively standard all-around diamond OFer at this point. He has 70 speed to go with very good all-around hitting and fielding stats, so he’s perfectly serviceable but just not very impressive for this point in the cycle.

  • 35 points – Topps Now September (9/13-9/19)
  • 40 points – September Monthly Awards Ian Happ

Our old friend Ian Happ is back, and he provides some of the unique benefits he always does when he gets a card. He is a switch hitter, and he can play all three outfield positions plus 2B/3B. He has a 74 arm and 61 speed, so he’s not great there, but he has 125 power vs. RHP to help smooth things out at the dish.

  • 45 points – 2,000 stubs
  • 50 points – September Monthly Awards Ranger Suarez

I was hoping we might get a Ranger Suarez card just because it would be a fresh face. He is a LHP with a primary sinker and 102 H/9. That’s always a solid starting point this year, and while he only has a four-pitch mix, he does boast 90+ control of all four of those pitches. I’m not sure how dominant he will be, but I’ll for sure give him a shot.

  • 55 points – Topps Now (9/20-9/26)
  • 60 points – September Monthly Awards Lucas Sims

I feel like there have been 100 Reds players in these programs this year, and this is the first of two more. Lucas Sims is another reliever (good to have a bunch of them in this program since it’s always the portion of DD with the fewest options), and he starts out with 108 H/9. He has a 95 mph 4-seam fastball to go with a low-80s curveball and mid-80s slider. He has 90+ control of those three pitches, and then 75 control of the changeup.

  • 65 points – 2,000 stubs
  • 70 points – September Monthly Awards Eugenio Suarez

We get two Eugenio Suarez cards in quick succession, and this one is flat out better than the 2nd Half Heroes one in the Run It Back Program. He has 125 contact vs. RHP, 90 arm, can play 3B/SS/1B, and he has 120 power vs. RHP. Plus, he has that same stance and swing that so many seem to love.

  • 75 points – MLB The Show pack (x5)
  • 80 points – September Monthly Awards Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

We get one last Gurriel Jr. card, and he as usual gets max contact vs. LHP. The perk as always of a Gurriel Jr. card is he has eligibility in LF/RF/2B/3B/SS. I feel like you should know by now whether you like Gurriel Jr. or not since he’s been a mainstay in DD throughout the cycle, so this one is up to you.

  • 85 points – 2021 Home Run Derby pack
  • 90 points – 2021 All-Star Game pack
  • 95 points – Diamond bat skin
  • 100 points – Lightning Tyler O’Neill

And the final regular season card is Lightning Tyler O’Neill. He has 125 contact vs. LHP, 115 power vs. RHP, and 125 power vs. LHP. He has 94 fielding, 95 reaction, and 99 speed. He “only” has 76 vision as the one downside, and his arm strength is only 82 if we’re looking for any other things that are not the elite of the elite. Still, this is quite a card and quite a topper to a program that has given us a lot of dominant players this year.


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