A reader sent me a pretty cool screengrab from FANGRAPHS yesterday.
By now, it's a couple days old, but still kind of powerful (arrows, circles are his markings):
Yeah, that's Kyle Schwarber cutting in line just behind Bryce Harper and in front of Miguel Cabrera.
YEAH I KNOW.
It's teeny weeny itty bitty sample size for Schwarber - in fact it's split at 100 plate appearances to include Schwarber.
But man, that's just plain fun with stats.
(And... look down the list at #9 - Anthony Rizzo's numbers do not come from a small sample size).
Anyway, wRC+ stands for "Weighted Runs Created Plus" and you can read about it on FANGRAPHS here.
Please do read it because it's no fair for a clown like me to paraphrase except to say that this stat is based on the average player having a wRC+ of 100.
So 193 is off the charts.
Here's another screen grab we'll all want to look back on some day:
The top of the standings of All of Baseball.
On 8-10-15, our favorite team has the 4th best record of any team in the USA + Canada.
If you and I were at Jake's Pub last April and you told me this was gonna happen, I'd have called the owner over and said, "Hey Scott, get a cab for this guy okay?"
It's absolutely incredible what the Cubs have already accomplished, and I'm so happy to share that Joe Maddon will have none of that line of thinking.
He wants these kids to aim higher, and now that we're here well, I believe they will.
This is the last thing I want to share.
We were just out on production, and...usually something happens on a production that everybody laughs about and repeats and it turns into a thing.
I promise you'll think this is just soooo stupid, but it's been I think 2 weeks since we got back and I look at this thing every day and laugh.
Some guy took a couple seconds from "Jurassic Park" and made a 10 minute loop.
It's Jeff Goldblum laughing.
Just let it play for a little bit.
I played it right after Hector Rondon struck out Gregor Blanco and the Cubs swept the Giants.
IT'S SO PERFECT!
Seriously, this little clip is gonna accompany me the rest of this crazy season.