April 2011 has produced 16 days of measurable rain---55 percent more than normal and the greatest number of measurably rainy April days here in the 50 years since 1961! A scan of Aprils back to 1871 indicates the opening 28 days of the month typically sees 11 measurable rains.
God's been cursing the Cubs for over 100 years; now it just seems like he doesn't even want them to play anymore. Chicago: The Seattle of the Midwest!
- This one's courtesy of Brian Brennan: With seven errors already, Starlin Castro is on pace for 50 this season. That would blow away even our most pessimistic of predictions, which was 37.
- Carlos Zambrano has a higher OPS than Carlos Pena and Koyie Hill combined.
- Kosuke Fukudome is 12 plate appearances shy of qualifying to be counted among the league leaders, but otherwise he'd be blowing away the field with his .458 average.
- The Cubs have the second-most hits in the majors, but are 19th in runs. The problems? Clutch hitting (.231 w/RISP) and home runs (24th in the majors).
- The White Sox have been hit by 15 pitches, the Cubs just three.
- Starlin Castro has more hits than the combined total of Pena, Colvin, Hill, DeWitt and Johnson. He also has as many triples (2) as the rest of the roster combined.
- Dempster has allowed eight home runs in five starts. In 2008, he allowed 14 in 33 starts.