After two near no-hitters, it’s time for Chicago Cubs fans to learn the name of their team’s next ace. With current ace Jeff Samardzija headed out of town, the new face of the Cubs pitching staff is Jake Arrieta and his story is an interesting one. He was once the Baltimore Orioles‘ most prized prospect, but he underachieved during the entirety of his time there. It was last summer that his first franchise finally gave up on him. Well, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
The Cubs dealt starter Scott Feldman for Arrieta and reliever Pedro Strop last June in a deal that may go down as one of the bigger steals of the Epstein-Hoyer era. While in Baltimore, he struggled to put everything together, but now that he’s in Chicago, he’s more than done that. He began this season injured and looked like he was going to disappoint even after having a great second half for the Cubs last season. However, now Arrieta’s ERA is bordering right on 1.00 and his stuff has been nearly unhittable.
Mixing in his devastating curveball with his improving slider, Arrieta has gone at least six innings without giving up a hit in his last two outings only to lose his perfect game in the seventh last week. On Monday, he was just four outs away when his no-hitter was broken up. Despite coming heartbreakingly close to two no-hitters, Arrieta is putting everyone on notice that he’s ready to be the Cubs’ next ace.
At just 28 years old, Arrieta is just entering his prime and he will do so in a Cubs uniform. While they will look to add as many quality arms as they can to their farm system in the next month leading up to the MLB trade deadline, the Cubs are learning they have a high quality arm right at home.
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