Knowing that the tiniest of percentage points often decides these races, Clark and Gwynn both spent last week poring over the notes and video files they keep on opposing pitchers, looking for any small advantage. "I hate to waste an at bat," says Gwynn. "You want to go up there every time with a good idea of what you're going to do, so before each series I like to put in a tape and see some footage of each pitcher I'm going to face."
Gwynn travels with his own video equipment, and Clark studies the copious notes he makes after every game and looks for pitching tendencies on the video clips he has of most of his 1989 at bats.
All the technical wizardry appeared to count for little in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader between the Giants and the Padres. San Francisco won 5-3, as both Gwynn and Clark took uncharacteristic 0-for-4 collars. However, in the second game, a 6-1 Padres win, Clark went 2 for 3 to raise his number to .338, and Gwynn countered with a 2-for-5 effort to put his average at .339. Which is way above average, no matter how you look at it.