You’ve heard of that expression, “All Good Things Must End?” Well, in the Chicago Cubs case, they’re talking about Jake Arrieta‘s streak of 23 wins. Arrieta was, well, he was Jake freakin’ Arrietta in yesterday’s 5-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. To be fair, the bullpen got tangled up against the explosive bats of the Dodgers.
“We did it to them last night, and they came out and shut us down tonight,” Arrieta said. “You play this game long enough, you’re going to lose a game here and there. It was a good streak, and we’ll get started on something else.”
The seventh inning was worth the price of admission alone when Arrieta got out of a bases loaded situation. I have to admit though, Jake had me worried up until that point. His pitches were low and he was breaking a sweat.
“Jake was really good and had really good command,” Manager Joe Maddon said. “He had great movement [on his pitches]. He had a tremendous night. It’s unfortunate we couldn’t get a run. It took a no-hitter and a one-hitter to beat Jake.”
Yeah, it sucked that the Cubs didn’t get the win for Arrieta, but all that’s going to matter in the end is that the Cubs keep their eye on the prize of a World Series berth. Streaks will come and go with the possibility of breaking more records. After all, baseball is more than the player.
“We did it to them last night, and they came out and shut us down tonight,” Arrieta said talking about the bullpen’s awesome job Monday. “It comes down to a couple pitches here and there, a couple at-bats here and there that really decide the game. It was just a situation where we couldn’t get much going offensively. We’re going to have those nights.”
“What’s today? May 31? The whole season is about May 31. Then the whole season will be about June 1. Then the whole season will be about June 2. To clump anything negatively in advance of a moment … Anxiety lives in the future. If you want to live that way, you’ll be an anxious person your entire life.” Maddon said.