Chicago Cubs P Jake Arrieta Enjoying Hot Start With 6-0 Record
With yet another dominating performance, Jake Arrieta has become the first Chicago Cubs pitcher to start a season 6-0 since 1908. That season, Hall of Famer Mordecai “Three Fingers” Brown won his first 11 games. It’s also notable that 1908 was the last time the Cubs won the World Series.
Arrieta gave 7 strong innings, only allowing 2 hits, 2 walks, while striking out 5 as the Cubs defeated the Pirates 7-1. He even helped his own cause by driving in a run. As a hitter, he’s now batting .267 on the season, an average the hitters he faces are certainly envious of. The Cubs improved to a league-best record of 19-6 including a 12-3 record away from Wrigley Field.
The 2015 Cy Young winner Arrieta has been on a heater going back to last season. His 17th straight win is the longest streak in the major leagues since Jose Contreras of the Chicago White Sox won 17 in a row from August 2005 to July 2006 a decade ago. Over the last two seasons, Arrieta is now 28-6. Just a month into the season, the Cubs hold a 5 game lead in their division and Arrieta’s WAR is impressively already hovering around 2.
Pirates’ star Andew McCutchen, who has faced Arrieta since the days of the Arizona Fall League in 2007, said before the game:
“You give him that little bit, he’s going to take it. He had a tremendous season last year. … He’s basically on that path to duplicating what he did last year, if not doing better.”
Arrieta may being doing better, as if that was possible. In addition to being 6-0, his ERA stands at 0.84 and he’s also thrown a no-hitter already this young season.
Offensively for the Cubs, stars Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo had 3 and 2 hits, respectively. Despite missing presumed key contributors Heyward, Schwarber, and Montero, the Cubs’ steam-rolling machine continues to flatten everything in their path.
They won by 6 runs despite leaving 23 men on base. It probably hasn’t been said much since 1908, but the 2016 Chicago Cubs are an intimidating force, just like their Ace.