Arrieta and The Cubs Roll Out The Barrels

Jake Arrieta

Jake Arrieta didn’t get a back to back no hitter but the Chicago Cubs still came out on top of the Milwaukee Brewers, Arrieta improves to 5-0 and the Cubs are off to their best start since 1907.

It’s hard to think of yesterday’s performance by Arrieta to be a case of, “Meh?” but it’s those expectations of the dominant North Sider that fans and critics have come to believe in.

He could have pitched the whole game being the iron dude that he’s become, but so what if Bob Gibson’s record wasn’t broken for quality starts(Gibson has 26, Arrieta at 24). I’m not in these athletes position and I’m sure Jake’s feeling a little bummed this morning but baseball is first and foremost a team sport, so Jake had a good run and the Cubs won another series, they’re off to their best start since before the Titanic sunk and Arrieta’s ERA is 1.00.

That is awesome.

“In this position last year, I might have been a little more frustrated with that decision,” Arrieta said. “I think it was 92 pitches after five, and I really had to work through that outing. You take everything into consideration and the extra off-days and the rainout [Wednesday], cold weather, extended pitch counts, long first inning — it is the right way to go. Our most important ballgames are still ahead of us. From this point moving forward, we’re still lined up well.”

Cubs’ 2015 Rookie of the Year, Kris Bryant  will undergo an MRI to see if there was any further damage to his leg after he hobbled out of the fourth inning and the game. Let’s hope it’s not serious.

Then there was David Ross. On his farewell tour, he hit his second home run of the season and needs two more to reach that coveted 100 spot. If he reaches that milestone, it’ll be quite the retirement party. Last week, he was caught his first no hitter and is on his way to having his best season.

“Two more,” Ross said. “I’m trying not to think about it. I’m a lot happier with my approach this year and feel so much better in the box. At least I’m contributing and working at-bats and making guys throw more than three pitches to get me out. [My teammates] pride themselves in going out there and being tough outs, I just want to be in the mix.”

The Cubs are 16-5. It’s still early in the season but the injuries are piling up with Kris Schwarber, Kris Bryant and Miguel Montero. I’m not worried because the depth is there but just a little concerned. Can the Cubs keep up their winning ways? Arrieta is 5-0 to start the season. Will beat his win total from last year and most importantly,

Will the Cubs go all the way?

Believe it.

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