With the eyes of the sports world on the NFL Draft on Thursday, few paid attention to Jake Arrieta’s win over the Milwaukee Brewers. It was his 16th straight. After tossing a no-hitter in his previous start, this one seemed to draw a collective yawn. He gave up 1 run in 5 innings. Such are the expectations that Arrieta have produced.
The reigning N.L. Cy Young winner has had what is now one of the most remarkable pitching stretches in history. Since June 21 of last year, Arrieta has made 25 starts. He is 21-1 with an 0.88 ERA, giving up just 18 earned runs during that stretch. In 183 innings, he has allowed 94 hits. He’s also thrown 2 no-hitters – something just 31 other pitchers in history have done. Only Bob Gibson’s performance in 1968 when he posted a 1.12 ERA compares with Arrieta’s run during the last 100 years.
While hitters today are less discerning and swing at more offerings out of the strike zone, and there are more of them due to the number of teams, none of that takes away from what the Cubs right-hander has done. All this from a guy that the Baltimore Orioles gave up on after he had gone 20-25 with a 5.46 ERA in 4 seasons.
So appreciate it for what it is. We are witnessing one of the truly great performances in the history of the game.