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Ace of Cubs

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Ace of Cubs

Chicago– As the Chicago Cubs get set to take the field today against the LA Dodgers, they look to their “Ace”  to deal up another gem.

They say that records are meant to be broken, well if that is true, the Chicago Cubs have the perfect man for the job. Ace Jake Arrieta has been on a historic pace since the last half of the 2015 season.

Over Jake Arrieta‘s last 24 regular season starts:
20-1, 0.86 ERA, 178.0 IP, 91 Hits, 173/33 K/BB, 0.697 WHIP.
That’s not a typo. These are real numbers.

Jake Arrieta became the 1st pitcher in Cubs history to throw No Hitters in back to back seasons.

Over Jake Arrieta‘s last 24 regular season starts:
3 Home Runs hit
2 No-hitters thrown**
1 Loss

The Cubs and Arrieta are looking to add another record for the record books today.

The Cubs now have won Arrieta’s last 23 regular season starts — a franchise record. This ties the Major League mark set by the Braves behind Kris Medlen in 2012 — and he is the first Cubs starter to open a season 9-0 since Ken Holtzman did so in 1967.

Arrieta has become a calming force within the Cubs organization.  Just knowing that they have him going at least once a week leaves fans with a peace, that even during the slumps, “Jake the Great” is the Cubs saving grace.

The scary part to all of this is Joe Maddon claims fans still haven’t seen the best of him yet.

“He has not pitched as well as he can yet,” Maddon said. “You’ll see the day when he goes out with that fastball command and it’ll be the eighth inning with 92 pitches and it’ll be a good day.”

If you are any of the other teams across baseball, that has to make you shake a little.

Could Jake get any better?  How long can this last?  Well, none of us know for sure, but until then let’s just enjoy this Ace’s ride to greatness.


**the last time the Cubs and Dodgers played was on Aug. 30, 2015 where Arrieta pitched a No hitter to lead the Cubs to a 2-0 win.