The Chicago Cubs have witnessed a magical 2015 season. Much of their success has been discovering their young fruits of labor, that now has them in the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
They have received huge contributions from young sluggers such as Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Addison Russell and Kyle Schwarber; all of which the Cubs have either acquired in trades or drafted. Sometimes it pays to be a bad team for a couple of years. In this case, these guys have shown their potential and are going to be a force for many years to come.
With the addition of highly touted manager Joe Maddon. Who has already stabilized a winning culture into the Windy City during his first year.
The young offense that he’s revitalized has broken down the doors of history this season. But as the saying goes pitching and defense wins championships and this year the Chicago Cubs have been led by the right arm of Jake Arrieta, who has put up eye-popping numbers this entire season. Numbers that have made the Baltimore Orioles cringe by the result of trading him several years ago. Arrieta carries a 22-6 record with a miniscule ERA of 1.77 and 236 strikeouts. The stat-line he’s cultivated is ridiculous as he’s the first pitcher since Dwight Gooden in 1985 to obtain 22 wins while having a sub-two ERA.
The overall numbers are jaw dropping, but Arrieta’s numbers in the second half are both historic and laughable. Arrieta has transformed his numbers into something special, by establishing a 12-1 record and 0.75 ERA. Oh, just one more thing, since August 1st he has an 11-0 with a 0.41 ERA, an unfair mark for opponents. This stretch is similar to the one Bob Gibson pulled off with the Cardinals forcing major league baseball to lower the mound. Unfortunately for offenses, this occurence likely won’t be ever seen again.
Those staggering numbers alone indicate that he potentially may join Hall of Famer Greg Maddux as the only pitcher that wasn’t an All-Star to win the National League CY Young award. This is historic stuff and no way the Cubs would be where they are today without Jake Arrieta and that’s one significant reason why he should win the National League Cy Young award. Another reason that helps will also be that the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Zach Greinke and Clayton Kershaw will split the votes.
Next Wednesday night, when the Cubs face the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park in the NL Wild Card game. All eyes will be on Arrieta as he will try to navigate his Cubs team into the division series against the St. Louis Cardinals. It’s already been a magical season for the Cubs and baseball is better seems to be better when the Cubs are competitive and are participating in the postseason.