'Super Joe does it again'

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'Super Joe does it again'

"Super Joe does it again."

That's how Cubs manager Dale Sveum described Joe Mather's pinch-hit home run in Friday's win over the Dodgers.

And you know what? It's a nickname that might as well stick.

Mather got an invite to Cubs spring camp as a 29-year-old journeyman utility player who had never really stuck in the Majors. He had an outside chance of making the roster initially, but a stellar spring made Mather the logical choice for the final bench spot.

All he's done with the opportunity is post a 1.11 OPS and .346 AVG.

Mather, who can play all three outfield spots as well as first and third base, hit the first home run from a Cubs outfielder on the season April 29 in Philadelphia and followed that up with a pinch-hit opposite-field home run Friday against the Dodgers. His solo shot proved to be the difference in a 5-4 ballgame.

That wasn't the only time Mather has used his bat to help the Cubs pick up a win. On April 23 against the Cardinals, Mather came through with a two-out, two-run single to give the Cubs a walk-off victory over their biggest rivals and the reigning World Series champions.

Mather has endeared himself to his teammates and coaches in the past three months and while he won't maintain this offensive pace, he should still be a very valuable bench player for the Cubs as the season wears on.

Mather doesn't do anything particularly good, but he's a very fundamentally sound player that can provide some pop and grinds out each at-bat. He came up in the Cardinals' system, where they put a premium on fundamentals and discipline at the plate.

If he keeps coming through with clutch hits, it may not be long until the bleacher bums at Wrigley start holding up signs for "Super Joe" to hit it to them.

White Sox may have to deal with Francisco Lindor for a while, according to unlikely source

White Sox may have to deal with Francisco Lindor for a while, according to unlikely source

Sources have confirmed that kids really do say the darndest things. 

In a spring training game Sunday afternoon, 6-year-old Brody Chernoff, son of Indians general manager Mike Chernoff, spilled the beans on his dad's prospective moves. Goated by announcer Todd Hamilton, Brody said that his dad was trying to keep Lindor in Cleveland for seven more years.

On one hand, Brody's honesty rivals a young Abraham Lincoln. Not even Adrian Wojnarowski could cultivate a source so honest and to the point. On the other, his dad probably is a little shocked that contract offer leaks are coming from his own family. 

Either way, though, hearing that Lindor may be in Cleveland for a while is bad news for the White Sox. The 23-year-old stud shortstop has hit over .300 in his first two big-league seasons. So definitely not someone you want to have in your division for years to come. Oh, plus he's absolutely nasty with the leather. 

Cubs fans know all about Lindor's talents, too. The shortstop hit .296 in his first World Series and was almost a key reason the Indians captured the crown. Almost!

Watch the hilarious exchange in the video above. 

Fast Break Morning Update: Bulls explode offensively to beat Bucks; Blackhawks battle Lightning tonight on CSN

Fast Break Morning Update: Bulls explode offensively to beat Bucks; Blackhawks battle Lightning tonight on CSN

Here are some of the top Chicago sports stories from a busy Sunday: 

Tonight on CSN: Blackhawks look to bounce back vs. Lightning

Nikola Mirotic, Bulls show some moxie in road win over Bucks

Today on CSN: White Sox battle Dodgers in spring training game

From ‘When It Happens’ to ‘Where It Happens,’ Cubs mining next generation of talent

Will lopsided loss shake Blackhawks from their slumber?

White Sox rookie Charlie Tilson's foot could keep him out until late May

Joe Maddon doesn’t have any concerns about new Cubs closer Wade Davis

Nick Delmonico takes advantage of fresh start with White Sox

Cubs expect Ben Zobrist and Addison Russell to be ready for Opening Night

Owners to consider on and off field changes this week during NFL meetings