Updated September 1

Eerie foreshadowing found in CBCCI/Stairway to Heaven comparison

A constant search for indicators of future performance led the CBCCI team to compare the waveform from Zeppelin’s classic anthem to the current chart. “Yes, there are two paths you can go by,” and we expected the Sox confidence line to coincide with the louder, more variably dynamic main section of the song, while we had hoped to find a connection to the ivy at Wrigley in the mysterious “bustle in your hedgerow.” Neither panned out. Instead we’re left with an almost perfect warning about expectations and hope for the north siders and an enigmatic statement about the impermanence of optimism for the south side.

The White Line: Paul Konerko led AL batters with a .545 average last week. That’s an improvement upon the first 21 weeks of the season of approximately 545 points. Magglio Ordonez broke his index finger but responded with a game-winning RBI the next day. With his “Badfinger,” Magglio’s condition is listed as “Day After Day.” Jerry Manuel’s decision to rest Mark Buerhle against the Yankees couldn’t have turned out worse for the Sox manager if Buerhle had taken a bullet in the stomach from Barbara Hershey.

The Black Line: Fortunately for the Cubs, the hottest team in the NL is not the Astros or the Cards but the last-place Brewers. Unfortunately, Milwaukee’s “Murderer’s Row” of Podsednik, Sexson, Jenkins, and Vander Wal took two of three from the Cubs and plays host to them this weekend. Fans looking for signs of hope should avoid the current list of the NL’s offensive leaders. The only Cub near the top of any category is Corey Patterson (third in triples), who was lost for the season almost two months ago.