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Game 46: Reverse Psychology

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Star of the Game –Andrew McCutchen – .162 (WPA)


What do a hangover, baking cookies, and watching the Cubs all have in common? They all start out fun, but you start to question all of your life choices after the event is over. I bet you’re thinking I’m talking about a hangover induced by a night of too much alcohol, but the hangover I’m talking about is much different. Sometimes when people read books, they become so engrossed with the story that once the book is over, the reader experiences a withdrawal. I just read the book Calico Joe by John Grisham, and am experiencing a book hangover. If you haven’t read it, I recommend that you do. It’s a great baseball narrative and it reminded me of why I fell in love with the game.

And then I watched today’s game. So much for that 15 minutes of elation.

The funny thing about today’s game is that it was a little backward. Instead of the usual great starting pitching and bad bullpen, the starting pitching was bad and the bullpen was great, giving up one walk, three hits, and striking out five. Dolis relieved Jackson of his duties after the 1 hour, 47 minute rain delay, Carlos Villanueva handled himself quite nicely on the bump for two innings, and Marmol and Fujikawa allowed zero runs. It’s almost like the guys schemed this up earlier in the year:

Marmol, to the others: “OK, so Jackson is the highest paid starter on the team. On the days he pitches, we’ll be awesome. But on the days he doesn’t, we’ll be mediocre at best.”

Others: “OK, sounds good.”

Clearly, that’s exactly how the conversation went and exactly why the bullpen is so bipolar. Clearly.

So, since today was their scheduled good day, naturally, the offense was pretty quiet. Rizzo has been slumping majorly, as has Soriano. Together, they are 3-for-25 with one RBI that came on a groundout today. Both of our pinch hitters had hits, though, so that’s worth something, right? Right?!

It is increasingly challenging to find exciting things about this club. Even Nate Schierholtz, who has home runs in each of the Cubs games I’ve been to this year (one on my birthday!), is beginning to disappoint me a little bit. He and Castillo were the unlikely 1-2 punch in the lineup, but now they’re coming back down to earth and the rest of the team is doing what they do. I’m sure that Castro, Rizzo, and Soriano will heat up again, it’s just a matter of when.

My only wish at this point is that the  team syncs up. When the starting pitching is hot, the bullpen stinks. When the bullpen stinks, the hitting is hot. When the hitting stinks, the bullpen is hot. We’re just a day late and a dollar short every time. If only it was as easy as having a meeting and discussing what needs to change.

Maybe Dale just needs to take a vacation.

  • BLPCB

    Why is baking cookies a bad thing?

    • LVCubFan

      They get stolen by Dioner Navarro.

      • Eddie Von White

        And Dan Vogelbach?

        BTW – what’s with the musical suffix on these guys’ names – Vogel “bach” and Vogel “song”?

      • Tip the waitstaff.

      • BLPCB

        Vogelbach was on the Michael Phelps diet. No cookies

      • BLPCB

        Navarro can have all the cookies I bake. I try to avoid cookies. Too much sugar.

      • I’m pretty sure the sugar gets cooked out in the oven, much like the fat in ramen noodles.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        I know the sugar does not get cooked out, I once cooked them without the flour, the sugar turned everything into a cookie brittle type thing. Cooking cookies is always fun, but my wife does not let me cook them as much as I would like for fear of me ending up looking like “Fat Dan”

      • Look for Uncle Jerry’s Olde Fashined Gluten-Free Cookie Brittle™ in a store near you…

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        I will give you the recipe, it was a mistake I made about 35 years ago, and was the only mistake I ever made when making cookies. Use the Toll House Cookie Recipe. It requires you to mix the sugars and the liquids together, then it asks you to mix the flour, salt and baking powder in a seperate bowl. Do not add the second bowl to the first and bake the first bowl for about 10 to 12 minutes. After you pull the now brittle out of the over you then find your mother to find out your mistake, or at least that is what I did as I was 12 at the time.

      • BLPCB

        How did that mess up batch taste?

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        I thought it tasted pretty good, but my nieghbor was not going to go near any cooking mistake a 12 year old made.

      • Eddie Von White

        My wife says you don’t cook cookies, you bake them.

      • Seymour Butts

        So they are really Bakies? Right?

      • BLPCB

        Back in the day, what we call cooking today was called baking, and what we call baking today was called cooking.

      • Eddie Von White

        Right – you are…again.

      • BLPCB

        Actually you have to drain off the oil and salt. No way to do that with cookies.

  • AC0000000

    Why is baking cookies a bad thing?

    • LVCubFan

      They get stolen by Dioner Navarro.

      • Eddie Von White

        And Dan Vogelbach?

        BTW – what’s with the musical suffix on these guys’ names – Vogel “bach” and Vogel “song”?

      • Tip the waitstaff.

      • AC0000000

        Vogelbach was on the Michael Phelps diet. No cookies

      • AC0000000

        Navarro can have all the cookies I bake. I try to avoid cookies. Too much sugar.

      • I’m pretty sure the sugar gets cooked out in the oven, much like the fat in ramen noodles.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        I know the sugar does not get cooked out, I once cooked them without the flour, the sugar turned everything into a cookie brittle type thing. Cooking cookies is always fun, but my wife does not let me cook them as much as I would like for fear of me ending up looking like “Fat Dan”

      • Look for Uncle Jerry’s Olde Fashined Gluten-Free Cookie Brittle™ in a store near you…

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        I will give you the recipe, it was a mistake I made about 35 years ago, and was the only mistake I ever made when making cookies. Use the Toll House Cookie Recipe. It requires you to mix the sugars and the liquids together, then it asks you to mix the flour, salt and baking powder in a seperate bowl. Do not add the second bowl to the first and bake the first bowl for about 10 to 12 minutes. After you pull the now brittle out of the over you then find your mother to find out your mistake, or at least that is what I did as I was 12 at the time.

      • AC0000000

        How did that mess up batch taste?

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        I thought it tasted pretty good, but my nieghbor was not going to go near any cooking mistake a 12 year old made.

      • Eddie Von White

        My wife says you don’t cook cookies, you bake them.

      • Seymour Butts

        So they are really Bakies? Right?

      • AC0000000

        Back in the day, what we call cooking today was called baking, and what we call baking today was called cooking.

      • Eddie Von White

        Right – you are…again.

      • AC0000000

        Actually you have to drain off the oil and salt. No way to do that with cookies.

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    I now understand the title, this was all a ploy to get us talking about cookies to make us happy, instead of talking about the Cubs loss which makes us sad.

    • Eddie Von White

      Tip the waitstaff.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        I will tip anybody who gives me a cookie.

      • BLPCB

        Cookies are a sometime snack

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        Speak for youself!

      • BLPCB

        This was my favorite song as a kid:
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ye8mB6VsUHw

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        I can honestly say I was singing it just the other night. Now remember that Cookie Monster is Marty Feldman’s favorite muppet.

      • BLPCB

        2 years ago a kid told me that Cookie Monster was being changed to Veggie Monster. So I looked it up and found out he was eating less cookies to teach children healthy eating. Cookie Monster is a much better role model for teaching healthy eating to kids than Michelle Obama.

    • Seymour Butts

      Crafty one that Cernak kid.

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    I now understand the title, this was all a ploy to get us talking about cookies to make us happy, instead of talking about the Cubs loss which makes us sad.

    • Eddie Von White

      Tip the waitstaff.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        I will tip anybody who gives me a cookie.

      • AC0000000

        Cookies are a sometime snack

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        Speak for youself!

      • AC0000000

        This was my favorite song as a kid:
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ye8mB6VsUHw

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        I can honestly say I was singing it just the other night. Now remember that Cookie Monster is Marty Feldman’s favorite muppet.

      • AC0000000

        2 years ago a kid told me that Cookie Monster was being changed to Veggie Monster. So I looked it up and found out he was eating less cookies to teach children healthy eating. Cookie Monster is a much better role model for teaching healthy eating to kids than Michelle Obama.

    • Seymour Butts

      Crafty one that Cernak kid.

  • Doug S.

    When I saw 25 comments I was bracing for carnage, not cookies.

  • Doug S.

    When I saw 25 comments I was bracing for carnage, not cookies.