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Tough Way To Lose

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MVP – Brian Schlitter (.255 WPA)

I wasn’t able to see this game because I went to the gym and then came home to watch the Blackhawks game, so I had to watched the condensed game on MLB.com, which is a really great way to consume the product in a short period of time. Just a couple notes before we get to the game. 1) It’s not OK to use the massage chair shirtless. I don’t know why someone would think that it is, but it’s not, especially after you’ve worked up a nasty sweat. 2) To make sure I was behind on the DVR for the Hawks game, I watched the season finale of the Goldbergs on ABC. If you never watched this show this year, you missed out. It’s become my favorite show on TV. Now, on to the game.

  • The Cubs lost the game on a bases loaded hit by pitch in extra innings. That’s a tough way to lose. I haven’t seen anything as to how often that’s happened, but I’d like to know.
  • Jake Arrieta made start number three since returning from the DL and, while he looked nasty at times (five K’s), he looked shaky at times as well and needs to work a little at the control. I love watching a strike out pitcher work and pile up K’s, but I also love seeing my starter pitch into the 7th and 8th inning and that can’t happen the way he pitches right now. If you’re going to be a strikeout pitcher, you’ve got to have pinpoint control so as to not waste pitches with walks and deep counts. I think Jake can become that, he’s just not there right now.
  • Luis Valbuena had a nice game at the plate. I don’t see him as an ideal # 2 hitter in the lineup, but he did a great job there on Tuesday and got a big home run.
  • I’ve started to come up with a hypothesis as to why the Cubs continue to go with 8 bullpen arms. At first, I thought it was temporary. When it stuck, I thought it was because Arrieta was coming up for his first start. Now that he’s pitched three times and we’re still carrying them, I feel like the only reasonable explanation is that 8 pitchers are, essentially, bullpen training wheels for Rick Renteria. What else can it be?
  • Really good matchup tonight between Jason Hammel and Michael Wacha.
  • PLCB3

    You’re funny Joe. I’ll use it shirtless if I feel like it. Besides my shirt is already soaked with sweat. I clean the chair when I am done. Is it okay to use the total body enhancement machine naked or is that not allowed either?

    • Doug S.

      Here’s me thinking this was a food discussion forum.

      • Eddie Von White

        CAPS paints a very unappetizing picture.

      • Fixed.

      • Fixed.

      • Doc Raker

        What do you batch cook Doug?

      • Doug S.

        Glad you asked, Doc. Still working my way up to batch cooking, stuck on minor leftovers in plastic containers. Any advice?

      • Doc Raker

        Go fresh or don’t go…..

      • Doc Raker

        What do you batch cook Doug?

      • Doug S.

        Glad you asked, Doc. Still working my way up to batch cooking, stuck on minor leftovers in plastic containers. Any advice?

      • Doc Raker

        Go fresh or don’t go…..

    • I’m not sure what that machine is, but an inclusive list of body parts would include your Vienna sausage, CAPS.

    • Doc Raker

      The last thing I want at the gym is someone else’s sweat all over a machine, I dislike people working out in tank tops let alone shirtless or naked. Hey CAPS, you want someone else’s pubic hair mixed in with your batch cooked oatmeal? Keep your clothes on.

      • PLCB3

        The chair would be soaked in sweat even if I was wearing a shirt. I clean the chair when I am done. And the person who complained said that they were intimidated by me being shirtless. Because Planet Fitness is a “No Judgement Zone.” Which means they have inadequate weights, no scales so you can weigh yourself and track your progress, and they give away free pizza on Mondays.

      • Doc Raker

        Seriously? “No judgement zone”? WTF is a no judgement zone? In this zone you are to have no judgment. Make all the bad choices you wish, rob, covet, glutanize, rape and kill all you want, we will not judge you.

        I bet Seymour, the lefty , doesn’t even hang in a no judgment zone. In fact he is busy judging everyone who drives around in those ancient gas burning cars.

      • PLCB3
      • Seymour Butts

        More correct than you think, “Doc”. Judgment a plenty here. Mostly about the low information individuals who make up the audience of your beloved Fox news. I’m ok with cars, but do think driving with a light foot is preferable.

      • Doc Raker

        Ignorance is bliss. I know life was much easier for the left when all news organizations fell in line with their agenda.

        When one closes off information because of a bias ignorance and gullibility is the result.

        I am open to many news sources and understand the agenda’s behind so many news stories.

        “Big flood, heat wave, take advantage of the tax payer subsidy we created for you and buy a solar panel from my buddy who donated to my campaign.”

      • In what do you actually pull up to steakhouses? I’d like to know.

      • Doc Raker

        I had to trade my beloved Audi A8L in (after 100K miles the maintenance on those things are to costly). Lexus GX SUV is what I drive now until I can get another large gas guzzling sedan that rides like an airplane. We did pick up a VW Passat diesel last month which is a nice ride, gets 35/45 mpg, isn’t subsidized by tax payer dollars, does’t have a large costly battery in it that losses efficacy as time goes on and needs to be replaced in 7 years therefore not enriching the green cronies of the democratic party and has a life expectancy of several hundred thousand miles.

      • PLCB3

        Hybrids are not green or cost effective.

      • Doc Raker

        But they do enrich the green corporate cronies who donate to the democratic party.

      • PLCB3

        Well Obama and his butt buddies can go shove it. Preferably up Michelle’s big butt that she takes everywhere to tie up traffic and make people late to work so she can tell is how to eat.

      • Pre O.C. Raker would probably not have driven a Toyota minivan off the lot and told his buddies he had a SUV.

      • Doc Raker

        No minivan’s in the Raker household, ever. Mrs Raker does not care for minivans.

      • Eddie Von White

        When I asked my wife to marry me she said yes as long as she would never have to drive a minivan.

      • PLCB3

        When I buy my first car, I’m going to buy a pickup truck. Because I like trucks.

      • Joe Aiello

        He likes big trucks and he cannot lie.

      • PLCB3
      • PLCB3

        I want a Ford 350 4-door with double wheels on the rear.

      • The only difference between your SUV and a minivan is a sliding door and a bunch of Cheerios mashed into the upholstery.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        It is always good to know who thw boss is.

      • Tony Danza?

      • Doc Raker

        Seriously? “No judgement zone”? WTF is a no judgement zone? In this zone you are to have no judgment. Make all the bad choices you wish, rob, covet, glutanize, rape and kill all you want, we will not judge you.

        I bet Seymour, the lefty , doesn’t even hang in a no judgment zone. In fact he is busy judging everyone who drives around in those ancient gas burning cars.

      • AC0000000
      • Seymour Butts

        More correct than you think, “Doc”. Judgment a plenty here. Mostly about the low information individuals who make up the audience of your beloved Fox news. I’m ok with cars, but do think driving with a light foot is preferable.

      • Doc Raker

        Ignorance is bliss. I know life was much easier for the left when all news organizations fell in line with their agenda.

        When one closes off information because of a bias ignorance and gullibility is the result.

        I am open to many news sources and understand the agenda’s behind so many news stories.

        “Big flood, heat wave, take advantage of the tax payer subsidy we created for you and buy a solar panel from my buddy who donated to my campaign.”

      • In what do you actually pull up to steakhouses? I’d like to know.

      • Doc Raker

        I had to trade my beloved Audi A8L in (after 100K miles the maintenance on those things are to costly). Lexus GX SUV is what I drive now until I can get another large gas guzzling sedan that rides like an airplane. We did pick up a VW Passat diesel last month which is a nice ride, gets 35/45 mpg, isn’t subsidized by tax payer dollars, does’t have a large costly battery in it that losses efficacy as time goes on and needs to be replaced in 7 years therefore not enriching the green cronies of the democratic party and has a life expectancy of several hundred thousand miles.

      • AC0000000

        Hybrids are not green or cost effective.

      • Doc Raker

        But they do enrich the green corporate cronies who donate to the democratic party.

      • AC0000000

        Well Obama and his butt buddies can go shove it. Preferably up Michelle’s big butt that she takes everywhere to tie up traffic and make people late to work so she can tell is how to eat.

      • Pre O.C. Raker would probably not have driven a Toyota minivan off the lot and told his buddies he had a SUV.

      • Doc Raker

        No minivan’s in the Raker household, ever. Mrs Raker does not care for minivans.

      • Eddie Von White

        When I asked my wife to marry me she said yes as long as she would never have to drive a minivan.

      • AC0000000

        When I buy my first car, I’m going to buy a pickup truck. Because I like trucks.

      • Joe Aiello

        He likes big trucks and he cannot lie.

      • AC0000000
      • AC0000000

        I want a Ford 350 4-door with double wheels on the rear.

      • The only difference between your SUV and a minivan is a sliding door and a bunch of Cheerios mashed into the upholstery.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        It is always good to know who thw boss is.

      • Tony Danza?

  • PLCB3

    Do you have to pay to watch the condensed game/how do you access it? I remember the Cubs won a game in 2008 on a bases loaded hbp. I believe it was a throwback jersey game vs Atlanta. Jim Edmonds tied the game with a home run and Len Kasper used the HEY HEY call and wgn used said graphic.

  • Chris

    According to ESPN, this marks the third time since `07 that the Cubs have lost to STL via walk off HBP(`07: Marmol & `12: Dolis).

    • Doug S.,

      The ghost of Marmol continues to haunt me.

  • Doc Raker

    Why 8 bullpen arms? The Cubs are so devoid of major league hitters why have an extra position player when the extra bullpen guy hits just as well as anyone else in the line up. This way we have an extra arm and an extra automatic out all in one.

  • Mark_from_Toronto

    I assume the playoff odds increased based on Monday’s game since last night sure didn’t insprire any additional hope for me.

    • Doug S.

      Going from .9 to 1.2 is no small deal. Let’s enjoy it.

      • Doc Raker

        Don’t kid yourself, we are really at -218% which is on the wrong side of a snowballs chance in hell. 1.2% means we should of at least won one world series in the past 100 years and we all know the answer to that.

      • Dork

        once again,… so your saying theres a chance?

      • PLCB3

        As good of a chance as getting hit by lightning, which you have a better chance of having that happen than winning the lottery.

      • Doc Raker

        One in a million Lloyd.

    • Doug S.

      Going from .9 to 1.2 is no small deal. Let’s enjoy it.

      • Doc Raker

        Don’t kid yourself, we are really at -218% which is on the wrong side of a snowballs chance in hell. 1.2% means we should of at least won one world series in the past 100 years and we all know the answer to that.

      • Dork

        once again,… so your saying theres a chance?

      • AC0000000

        As good of a chance as getting hit by lightning, which you have a better chance of having that happen than winning the lottery.

      • Doc Raker

        One in a million Lloyd.

  • Doc Raker

    Kaner……………..on to SoCal

    • PLCB3

      Ducks or Kings u want?

    • Dork

      That was a pretty sweet goal – top of the net.

      • Doc Raker

        It was sweet, forehand to backhand roof. If it had knocked the water ball off the net it would have been perfect. I want the Ducks because we also root for the Ducks, the Ducks and the Hawks have been the two best teams in the conference all year so a series between the two would be epic. I hope to attend a Ducks Hawks game at Honda Center.

        My son plays, he was a Jr King the last two years but will be a Jr Duck this coming year.

  • Doc Raker

    Kaner……………..on to SoCal

    • AC0000000

      Ducks or Kings u want?

    • Dork

      That was a pretty sweet goal – top of the net.

      • Doc Raker

        It was sweet, forehand to backhand roof. If it had knocked the water ball off the net it would have been perfect. I want the Ducks because we also root for the Ducks, the Ducks and the Hawks have been the two best teams in the conference all year so a series between the two would be epic. I hope to attend a Ducks Hawks game at Honda Center.

        My son plays, he was a Jr King the last two years but will be a Jr Duck this coming year.

  • Dork

    Did anyone else see that Bryant hit his 11th HR last night? to go along with 4 RBI’s. Only 2/5 though.
    Almora was 3/5 with 3 doubles and 4 rbis, last night so that’s nice too. Day game today and he went 2/4 with a HR and only 2 rbi’s.

    All according to the spreadsheet

  • Dork

    Did anyone else see that Bryant hit his 11th HR last night? to go along with 4 RBI’s. Only 2/5 though.
    Almora was 3/5 with 3 doubles and 4 rbis, last night so that’s nice too. Day game today and he went 2/4 with a HR and only 2 rbi’s.

    All according to the spreadsheet

  • Doc Raker

    CAPS- big night tonight in Bean Town, where you watching the game?

    • PLCB3

      The gym

      • Doc Raker

        The road to the Stanley Cup no longer goes through the Gahden. Go Hawks!

  • Doc Raker

    CAPS- big night tonight in Bean Town, where you watching the game?

    • AC0000000

      The gym

      • Doc Raker

        The road to the Stanley Cup no longer goes through the Gahden. Go Hawks!