Nate Schierholtz is up with the big OPS guys right now.

Did you know there's this guy in right field named Nate Schierholtz?
For the Cubs?
Kinda pigeon-toed, moves like one of those jocks you remember from high school?
Yeah, that guy.
He used to play some for the San Francisco Giants.
In fact, he's got a World Series ring from 2010!
Used to be called "Nate The Great" by the people who live in San Francisco.


Right now, that guy has a .370 on base percentage AND a .582 slugging percentage.
For the Cubs.
Add that up and DAMN!
A .952 OPS.
He's supposed to be kind of a good glove with a really good arm.
But this .952 OPS stuff?
He's ranked #9 in the NL right now as you read this, if you're reading on Sunday morning, April 28, 2013.
You know who's #10?
David Wright.
You know who's #8?
Ryan Braun.
So there's Nate standing there next to Ryan Braun and David Wright, and he says, "Hey guys, imagine me standing in the same OPS space as you couple All-Stars." 
Then he goes, "Hey Dave, mind getting me a cup a joe?"
Just like that.
And David Wright goes, "Sure Nate, you want cream or anything?"
ISN'T THAT CRAZY!
Anyway, based on his career numbers and how early it still is this season and everything... probably this might not last all year.
So I thought why not give a shout out to old Nate right now, when he's up there with the big guys?

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Note to Sveum: Your number 4 hitter has 2 rbi and a .601 OPS. Please fix this. Thanks.

Sometimes, comments on other sites can be fun, too. Note the comments under "Dirck's" comment on this fangraph article on B Harper:
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From a Yaho article on Cashner:

The mere numbers in the box score might not sound like much. Lots of pitchers work six tidy innings allowing just one run, especially in Petco Park. To get the full perspective of how Andrew Cashner is regarded, we need other elements: a little video, and some post-game comments.

Roll the tape first, have a look at Cashner stepping on the high-90s gas in his Friday victory over San Francisco. Pablo Sandoval and Brandon Belt both struck out twice, and no one managed an extra-base hit against Cashner. The converted reliever allowed five hits and one run over his stint, with one walk and five strikeouts.

"The guy has a great arm and he just shut us down," Giants manager Bruce Bochy told MLB.com. "It's that simple."

His secondary pitches don't offer the same visceral reaction, but Cashner also had decent command of his change and curve Friday. The Padres feel he could be a No. 1 or No. 2 starter down the line; that's why they essentially swapped Anthony Rizzo for Cashner back in January 2012 (two non-prospects on each side completed the deal).

"He hasn't reached his ceiling," Padres pitching coach Darren Balsley said. "When he starts rolling, the sky's the limit."

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    Previous management teams haven't been as good at this (e.g. Corey Patterson).

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  • Repeating myself, but I give Maddon a lot of credit for Baez's success. Instead of talking about monster HRs and high K totals, he has talked up his defense, versatility and being a "special" player. The kid seems to have responded.

  • BOB: The attendance has taken a big hit since you left. 

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    Love checking TCR for your writeups. Quick question - any of these 2015 positional IFAs stand out to you yet? I'm most specifically referring to Kwon, Sierra, Paredes, and Amaya, but I know there's a couple other guys from that class in EXST as well.

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    13ip 4h 3bb 20K

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