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Cubs’ Arrieta Spins a Gem at Fenway

July 1st, 2014 at 4:00 PM
By Tim Duxbury

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Chicago Cubs starter Jake Arrieta turned in the best start of his career last night against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. The 28 year old threw 7.2 innings of no-hit baseball before surrendering a single to Red Sox Shortstop Stephen Drew. Arrieta’s final line for the night was 7.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB and 10 K’s.

Last night’s outing lowered Arrieta’s ERA to 1.81 on the year and 0.92 in the month of June, which is the lowest ERA for the month of June by a Cubs pitcher since Rick Reuschel’s 0.92 ERA in 1977, per Mark Gonzalez.

Jake Arrieta got off to a slow start in 2014 spending much of the first part of the season on the disabled list, but he has made a tremendous impact in his 11 starts this season. Much like Jeff Samardzija early on in the season, Arrieta appears to be riding an unsustainable hot streak. But unlike Samardzija, Arrieta has found a way to win as he has posted a 5-1 record to go along with his 1.81 ERA. PETCOTA projections predicts that Arrieta will finish the 2014 campaign with a 9-6 record and an ERA of 2.96 but that may be a little conservative. Arrieta is throwing at a level that we have never seen from him before but he has been doing the entire year, starting with his minor league rehab starts. In the five starts he made before making his 2014 debut Arrieta posted a 2.25 ERA with 18 strikeouts in 20 innings for the Cubs A+ and AA affiliates.

With no signs of letting up, Jake Arrieta’s play promotes some confidence that the Cubs will be just fine with out Jeff Samardzija, who has posted a June ERA of 6.00.

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Tags: Baseball, Boston Red Sox, Chicago, Chicago Cubs, Fenway Park, Jake Arrieta, Jeff Samardzija, MLB, PETCOTA, Stephen Drew

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