As the Chicago Cubs go about the business of ending another season well within the ranks of the protected draft picks for the 2014 draft, they are looking to build on a few positives for the 2014 season. One such positive is in the performance of starting pitcher Jake Arrieta. Since coming over in the trade with the Baltimore Orioles that sent Scott Feldman packing, Arrieta has pitched very well. He has pitched well enough that if rumors are true; he already has a solid spot on next season’s Cubs’ starting rotation.
Don’t you love it when hard work pays off? The hard work Arrieta was putting in earlier in the season was with the Orioles, mostly in a relief role that just didn’t suit him. Since coming over and making his first Cubs start on July 30, he has been nothing short of solid and better than that on most occasions. Of the starts he has made since his National League appearances began, Arrieta has only had three bad starts.
For the others he has 1 start where he gave up 3 runs, 1 where he shutout the opponent for seven innings and 4 where he gave up only one run. That is impressive for sure and it was good enough to bring his inflated ERA from 6.07 when he started for the Cubs down to 4.78 right now. That number isn’t great unless you take into account that his ERA was 9 at one point this season.
For sure he is moving in the right direction and had a great September to show it. What better way for the Cubs to reward his hard work than to reward themselves with a solid fill for one of their 2014 starting rotation jobs. He will couple with at least one or two others to begin filling out a rotation for 2014 that could end up more than solid if all goes well; congrats.