When the Chicago Cubs traded away Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel last week to the Oakland Athletics there were huge concerns about who would become the new ace of the staff. Many Cubs fans felt like it was the official end of the season; the towel was being thrown in; the white flag was waving. Jake Arrieta has had other ideas. Arrieta is now 5-1 with a 1.95 ERA this year and shows no signs of letting up. And at just 28 years old, he could be the guy the Cubs build their new rotation around.
Jake Arrieta has shown that he possesses every quality that you look for in an ace. First off, his numbers have shown that he can flat out deal. He has proven that he is/can be a workhorse, lasting more than 6 innings in each of his last 7 starts. He can keep his team in the game; he has allowed three runs or fewer in nine of his last ten starts. And he can get the big strike out when he needs is; he has struck out 85 in 78.2 innings this year.
Arrieta had a great start yesterday, going 7.2 innings and surrendering three runs on just four hits and striking out six. He got the no-decision in the walk-off win, but there’s no question that it was an ace-type effort; a big win for the team. If the Cubs can find just one more starter to compete like Arrieta has it could make for a much better second half for the Cubs.Baseball, Chicago, Chicago Cubs, Jake Arrieta, Jason Hammel, Jeff Samardzija, MLB, Oakland Athletics