Sometimes, I do a deep dive into the statistical data available to me, using only the most sophisticated technology.
In this case, box scores.
First you can't help but notice that so far, of the 7 games the Cubs have played, the number of wins is 2.
And if you dive juuuuuust a little deeper there and look at the lineups, well you can't help but notice that Steve Clevenger has been the starting catcher for both of those wins.
2 wins vs zero losses means that Steve Clevenger has a winning percentage of 100, and 100 is a Super Hero number, my friend.
Yesterday, I thought Zack Grienke was supposed to be the God.
But young Clevenger and his Avenger Bat went 3 for 4 and smacked a pair of doubles off him.
And I say heads up there, Geovany Soto.
Clevenger's got twice as many hits in about half the at bats as you.
Well yeah... pretty sure Clevenger's not going to keep up his .667 OBP.
But he sure has been impressive, and I think this'll be an interesting battle to watch as the season unfolds.
The Cubs avoid getting swept by Milwaukee with a sweet 8-0 victory and Matt Garza came within one out of the complete game shutout except he threw a ball in the direction of first that I guess went out to Addison. Dale Sveum pulled him with an out to go. I don't really mind that - the Big Three starters (Demp, Garza, Samardzija) have already been close to 120 pitches in their last starts.
Which brings us to today.
My no doubt absolute favorite all time rivalry of any sport, it's time for the Cubs to play the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Cards started off the season with the big injury to Chris Carpenter, which probably means they'll win the World Series again.
As a team I believe the only stat they're not the best IN ALL OF BASEBALL with is runs, where they're second with 37.
Before yesterdays splurge, the Cubs had 19.
Yeah well whatever, I guess they ought to play the games anyway right?
Lets see what Jeff Samardzija can do against 0-1 and 4.76 Adam Wainwright today at 2:15 shall we?
I'm so gonna see it, just in case Clevenger's in there somewhere.
Maybe he's a new kind of Batman.
Hope you guys don't mind me playing with your poster.