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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  • video of Maddon.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561343809737202839-4

    always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.

    Rob G. 12 min 39 sec ago view
  • from Muskat:

    #Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs

    Rob G. 17 min 57 sec ago view
  • http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561339391889382475-4

    Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.

    Rob G. 23 min 1 sec ago view
  • great defense

    Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.

    Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.

    I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.

    Rob G. 34 min 38 sec ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 45 min 56 sec ago view
  • #Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.

    Fun with FIP

    • J. Hammel   3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
    • J. Arrieta     2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
    • J. Lester     2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
    • K. Hendricks  2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
    • J. Lackey     3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)
    Rob G. 1 hour 11 min ago view
  • zastyryzryzryzny put in 3.2ip 1h 0bb 3k

    he's great when his control is "on"...problem is it's rarely "on" consistently. he could vault up the cubs prospect list if he ever gets better with that aspect of his game.

    crunch 1 hour 51 min ago view
  • JD's take was just trying to get in a lefty to better deal with mostly lefty Dodgers lineup.

    My second thought was what you came up with. My first thought was he was trying to light a fire under Hammel.

    Jackstraw 3 hours 3 min ago view
  • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

    billybucks 3 hours 20 min ago view
  • joe got a pitcher up for hammel at nearly the 1st sign of trouble in the 3rd...pulled after 2.1

    not injured and though it wasn't his day so far he wasn't looking like a pure disaster.

    really short leash on him. zastryznzryzryny in.

    crunch 3 hours 24 min ago view
  • Russell and Soler can attest that Urias has a pretty good curve/slider - two big strikeouts looking to get out of that jam in the first.

    Eric S 4 hours 9 min ago view
  • Classic Scully - great stuff.

    Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)

    Eric S 9 hours 8 sec ago view
  • Here's Scully's call on Bryant's 10th-inning homer:

    "And it's a long fly ball, a mean fly ball, and a gone fly ball."

    VirginiaPhil 10 hours 13 min ago view
  • When the Cubs were the old, hundred-year Cubs, one bad hop did not undo their opponents.

    VirginiaPhil 10 hours 17 min ago view
  • If only he was clutcher. More clutcher.

    Jackstraw 11 hours 36 min ago view
  • cubs win...bryant with 7HR in his last 8 games.

    crunch 18 hours 48 min ago view