Last night was yet another excellent performance in a surprisingly dominant 2015 for Chicago Cubs’ starting pitcher Jake Arrieta. In a crucial series against the Wild Card-leading Pittsburgh Pirates, Arrieta led to the Cubs to a 5-0 win. That win put the Cubs three games back of the Pirates. The 29-year-old has really blossomed since being traded by the Baltimore Orioles to the Cubs in 2013. After going 20-25 with a 5.46 ERA in 69 games with the Orioles, Arrieta has gone 26-13 with a 2.68 ERA in 56 starts with the Cubs.
Dominance is a word that has surfaced recently when talking about Arrieta. His stuff and recent performances have been exactly that — dominant. The right-hander is 6-1 with a 1.37 ERA over his past nine starts. That alone should put him in the discussion for the Cy Young award.
After Tuesday’s win, Arrieta is now 12-6 with a 2.50 earned run average in 22 starts. His 2.50 ERA ranks seventh in the National League, while his 12 wins rank second. His 152 strikeouts and 147.2 innings pitched both rank third in the league.
Arrieta is having the type of season comparable to Clayton Kershaw and all the top pitchers everyone talks about. It is time we start talking about Jake Arrieta in the same realm as the top pitchers in the league. That he was left off the All-Star roster for the National League is a crying shame.
This season has seen some amazing pitching performances and incredible numbers from top pitchers. However, it is from the guys we expect to have great seasons. Zack Greinke, Jacob deGrom, Kershaw and Max Scherzer are household names at the top of the ERA chart and in the discussion for Cy Young. However, you are going to begin to hear the name Jake Arrieta alongside those names in the talk for National League Cy Young award.
He may be having the best season from anyone you have never heard about. Arrieta is a bonafide ace and with the Cubs in the thick of the playoff race, Arrieta will become a household name soon enough and will become a top candidate for the National League Cy Young by the end of the season.