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Farewell to Jake Arrieta

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Farewell to Jake Arrieta

Before coming to Chicago from Baltimore, Jake Arrieta was a below average pitcher who was on his way out of the league. That is until Theo Epstein got a hold of Jake in 2013, in a trade that also included Pedro Strop. The Cubs, on the other hand, gave up Steve Clevenger who has a .227 career BA and is now with the Seattle Mariners. So I think it’s safe to say that the Cubs had clearly made the right choice picking up Jake. With that being said this is my Farewell to Jake Arrieta.


Jake Arrieta

In 2013 Jake started off slow but finished with fairly decent numbers for a young pitcher in the league. Jake didn’t blossom until 2014 when he got more starts and gave us a glimpse of what was to come. Finishing the year with a 2.53 ERA, a 10-5 record, 167 SO, .203 BAA and a 0.99 WHIP. Everything had finally started to come together. Then in 2015, Arrieta had one of the best second halves a pitcher has ever had in a season. Throwing a 0.75 ERA post All-Star break and giving up just 9 runs over 107 1/3 IP also going 12-1 in that time. That season Arrieta also tossed his first career no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers. His final line being 9 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 BB, 12 SO.


Jake Arrieta (cont)…

Jakes next big feat came in the Wildcard game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Tensions were high, but Jake just kept pounding away and didn’t give in and it resulted in a 4-0 shutout victory. Giving up just 4 hits and striking out 11 becoming just the first pitcher in MLB history to throw a shutout while achieving at least 10+ strikeouts and not walking a single batter. Jake has had a lot of great accomplishments while in Chicago.


Winning the Cy Young at the end of the season, Jakes near perfect 2015 season ended with hardware. Jakes last big moment for the Cubs, in my opinion, was Game 6 of the 2016 World Series. Going 5 2/3 IP giving up just two runs on three hits, striking out 9 and walked just three. His dominance in that game enabled our offense to get a lead, then after that, the rest is history. Jakes final year was surrounded by a lot of discomfort causing him to suffer throughout the season. Posting a 3.53 ERA going 14-10 with 163 strikeouts and a BAA of .235. Not the best numbers of his career but there was a clear downfall in numbers from 2015 to 2017. Nonetheless Jake was an incredible player to have on the Cubs while we had him. So, Farewell to Jake Arrieta and best of luck to him in the city of brotherly love.