Money Can’t Buy Everything

For the first time in his career Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs threw a no-hitter. It was an absolutely dazzling performance in front of the whole country against a team with the highest payroll in the history of the sport at roughly $273 Million. The Los Angeles Dodgers were without one of their biggest bats last night in Yasiel Puig, but the rest of the lineup was in tact and Jake Arrieta dominated them with a 12 strikeout performance throwing 116 pitches, 80 of which were for strikes. Jake Arrieta walked the Dodgers’ Jimmy Rollins in the sixth but got fellow former Philly Chase Utley to pop up in the next at-bat and that was it for traffic against the now front runner for the Cy Young in the National League. Arrieta again leads the NL in wins with 17 and lowered his ERA to 2.11 which is second in the category in the National League behind the Dodgers’ Zack Greinke at 1.61.

To Arrieta’s credit he’s been on a now year and a half trend upwards that started after the All-Star Break in 2014. Arrieta last year had flirted with no-hitters in the past even taking a no-hitter into the late inning s several times before completing the feat last night. Jake Arrieta has said many times this year that you can throw the early stats of his career out the window as he’s now a different pitcher than he was when he was coming up with the Orioles. Arrieta was a fifth round pick of the Baltimore Orioles back in 2007 out of TCU. He was acquired on July 2nd, 2013 by the Cubs in addition with Pedro Strop for Scott Feldman and Steve Clevenger.

The Cubs narrowly led in the game throughout as Kris Bryant hit his 21st home-run of the year in the first inning staking the Cubs to the insurmountable 2-0 lead. The Cubs managed 13 hits in the game but went 0-9 with runners in scoring position leaving 12 men on-base. The Cubs were looking to avoid the sweep on the series while managing to make this West Coast trip a little less painful. Arrieta got the Cubs their lone two wins on the trip which finished at 2-4.

The Cubs got a little bit of a gift as the Pirates lost yesterday to Colorado 5-0. Over the course of the last week Chicago has lost three games in the Wild Card to the Pirates who’re now 31 games over five-hundred to Chicago’s 19. The Cubs are still firmly in control of the second Wild Card spot holding a five game lead over the Giants. The Cubs now return home this week to face the lowly Reds for three before a day off on Thursday, and then a weekend series against Arizona. Chicago’s bats should hopefully come back to life after mustering only five runs all weekend.

After the game the Cubs players posted pictures of themselves all in onesies on social media. Jake Arrieta hopefully can give his team a jolt with this performance and send the Cubs on another hot home stand to get themselves back into contention of hosting that Wild Card game. The Los Angeles Dodgers have now been no-hit twice in the past nine days, the Astros and Cubs combined lost 181 games last year. In that same time span the Dodgers have spent $508 Million on salary, Los Angeles hasn’t been to a World Series since 1988 and have only one playoff win in the past two seasons.

Arrieta doesn’t hit Free Agency until after the 2018 season and is represented by Scott Boras.