I think we can put the Arrieta sophomore slump concerns to rest.
Jake tossed another absolute gem on Saturday at Wrigley as the Cubs dismantled the Rockies 6-2 in front of over 41,000 fans. Arrieta threw 8 innings of shut out baseball before getting pulled with a 6-0 lead before heading out for the Top of the 9th. Travis Wood gave up a 2-run homerun to Carlos Gonzalez in the top of the 9th but it didn’t erase what Jake did on the hill.
Jake Arrieta is now 3-0, which means he has 1/3 of the Cubs’ wins already. He also recorded his 48th consecutive scoreless inning at Wrigley, the longest in franchise history. The Cubs have won their last 16 regular season starts with Jake on the mound, and his 1.23 ERA is already giving us flashbacks from last year. The 2015 Cy Young winner isn’t taking anything for granted this year and is once again already positioning himself as the best pitcher in the National League.
On the offensive side, Anthony Rizzo and Jorge Soler both went yard with back-to-back solo shots in the 4th. In the bottom of the 7th, Dexter Fowler continued to stay red-hot with a 3-run home run to right field, scoring Matt Szczur and David Ross to put the game away for Jake. Fowler is currently hitting .417 on the young season while also leading the team in hits, OBP, doubles, and runs. David Ross added a sac fly in the bottom of the 8th, scoring Javy Baez who made his first start of the season since returning to the big league squad. Speaking of Baez, he went 2-4 in his first game back as a big-leaguer, with a double and single. He also struck out twice.
Jon Lester will take the mound to try to win the series for the Cubs in the rubber match at Wrigley tomorrow at 2:20pm EST.