In a series that arguably means a ton to the Chicago Cubs organization internally, it most certainly got off to the best start possible as they saw Jake Arrieta nearly no hit the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
For years there has been many parallels between the Red Sox and Cubs. It is no secret that the Cubs are trying to recreate the Boston way in Chicago. With Jed Hoyer, Theo Epstein, and company looking on, they saw what could very well be another piece of the puzzle have one of his best starts ever. Arrieta deserves to be in the Cubs’ long-term plans and he also deserves strong considerations for the NL Pitcher of the Month for June.
With all due respect to Clayton Kershaw, Arrieta is about as hot as any pitcher going right now in the league. While Kershaw has been dealing this month including his first career no-hitter, Arrieta has been equally impressive. In six June starts, Arrieta has been amazing. He has posted 39.1 innings pitched allowing just four earned runs and striking out an astounding 48 batters. He has won his last four decisions, and in the last two, Arrieta has been perfect through the first five plus innings.
Arrieta is arbitration eligible after this season. His recent success could attract some major bidders come the trade deadline but also the Cubs front office should seriously consider extending the right-hander long term, and start to begin building a formidable rotation for the future. Arrieta is just 28 and coupling him with Travis Wood is a strong front-end of a rotation. If the Cubs can develop guys like C.J. Edwards and Dallas Beeler, who made his debut over the weekend, things could suddenly be looking up for Chicago out on the mound.
In yet another parallel between the Cubs and Red Sox, it would have been somewhat fitting for Arrieta to complete the no-hitter against Boston. The last pitcher who was able to no-hit the Sox was Chris Bosio, who also happens to be the Cubs current pitching coach. Arrieta has been on a roll this month. With all eyes on him, he had one of his best starts of his career. Chicago’s once reclaimed project should now be in the Cubs’ rotation for the long haul.
Nick Schaeflein is a Chicago Cubs writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ptchr2424 or add him to your network on Google.