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Friday, October 02, 2015

Grantland: Loving the Pirates Come Hell or High Water (or Arrieta)

We’ve known the likely outcome for weeks ... the Pirates have to play a one-game wild-card playoff against the Cubs, which means facing Jake Arrieta, which means certain and sudden death. Arrieta, who one-hit the Pirates last Sunday. Arrieta, who has given up four earned runs in the past nine weeks. Arrieta, whose name is wielded against Pirates fans like a curse. Arrieta, a synonym for cyanide ...

You don’t have to be a Pirates fan to think there’s something a little unfair about this.


Voodoo... Posted: October 02, 2015 at 06:11 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, cy young award, doom and gloom, pirates

Monday, September 28, 2015

Jake Arrieta’s dominance deserves the NL Cy Young Award

Pitching under a blood moon, Chicago Cubs right-handed ace Jake Arrieta didn’t change into some kind of beast. He was his normal every-five-days self on Sunday night, which is to say he was almost perfect, almost unhittable and the best pitcher in baseball.


Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: September 28, 2015 at 09:12 AM | 147 comment(s)
  Beats: arrested development, cubs, cy young award, mvp

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Joe Maddon on Jake Arrieta’s Cy Young prospects: My vote is for Jake

It’s official. We have a Cy Young award race in the National League.

With his eight innings of a one-run ball Friday night in the Chicago Cubs 5-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies, pitcher Jake Arrieta lowered his ERA to 1.99. That’s the magic number.

With Los Angeles Dodgers hurler Zack Greinke sporting a 1.68 mark, the two are the only starters with a sub-2.00 ERA in baseball. Arrieta needed to get into Greinke’s area code to have a chance at the award—and now he’s there.

“My vote is for Jake,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon stated after Friday’s game.

The amazing thing about Jake and his season this year is that he hasn’t won a game when he allowed 4 runs or more to score.  Only won one game when allowed 3 runs to score and got a no decision and a loss when he allowed 2 runs or less.  He only has 4 no decisions and with a little Jack Morris type luck we have a pitcher that had an outside possibility of getting 30 wins this year.

McCoy Posted: September 12, 2015 at 11:26 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, cy young award

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Deserved Run Average: A better way to determine the Cy Young winners | FOX Sports

I’ve been looking over the DRA figures at Baseball since they announced the stat. I like it but, from what I have learned in old research, there should be a factor differentiating between pitcher performance with nobody on and with runners on. Although the difference isn’t much from most pitchers, there are some who have a different profile. Of course, I may have missed the adjustment in their explanations.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2015 at 12:46 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, cy young award, dra, pitching, sabermetrics

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Why Zack Greinke deserves the NL Cy Young Award over Clayton Kershaw - Jayson Stark Blog - ESPN

There is almost a whole month left. A lot can happen in a month.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 06, 2015 at 12:11 PM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, clayton, cy young award, jake arrieta, zack greinke



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