Jake Arrieta Newsbeat
Saturday, January 16, 2016
MLB Trade Rumors projected Arrieta at $10.4 million.
After going 22-6 and helping the Cubs reach the NL Championship Series, Arrieta asked Friday for a raise from $3.63 million to $13 million. Chicago offered $7.5 million, leaving the sides $5.5 million apart.
Posted: January 16, 2016 at 08:01 AM | 30 comment(s)
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Arrieta, Greinke, then Kershaw.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Neither Arrieta nor Keuchel were high-round, can’t miss prospects. Milwaukee drafted Arrieta in the 26th round of the 2005 draft, after his freshman season at Weatherford Junior College. Instead of signing he opted to transfer to TCU, and after two solid years Baltimore selected him in the fifth round of the 2007 draft.
Keuchel’s signing was much more straightforward. Houston drafted him in the seventh round of the 2009 draft, and he immediately signed and began playing Single-A ball for the club. And according to Keith Law, Stevenson was also responsible for signing current Rangers stud Yovani Gallardo.
Sunday, October 18, 2015
How can anyone miss this game?
“Part of it is his crossfire,” said Dan Haren, the veteran Cubs starter, describing Arrieta’s delivery. “He’s stepping across his body, so immediately it’s going to be really hard on righties. It’s like Jered Weaver in his prime, where it’s impossible for a right-hander to see it — and he throws 96 and gets two-seam run on it.”
Posted: October 18, 2015 at 11:00 AM | 20 comment(s)
“He’s not going to be perfect every time,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “But I like the idea that he’s got a little extra rest going into this start. I’m anticipating a lot of what we’ve seen the last couple of months.”
Arrieta, one of the top Cy Young contenders in the National League this year, admitted on his side day after the Cardinals start that the adrenaline high and energy drain of the day leading up to that start may have contributed to the command issues.
“Early in the day, you’re trying to conserve energy, but almost anytime you start to think about the game – your approach, the way you’re going to attack that lineup – you’re starting to expend some energy,” Arrieta said. “And I would catch myself — heart rate starting to go up – even when I was just kind of hanging out. Those are things you learn how to control.”
Friday, October 16, 2015
“Luck is the residue of design.” ~ Branch Rickey
On Jan. 22, 2003, just eight weeks after he became the general manager of the Boston Red Sox, Theo Epstein scooped a guy out of baseball’s bargain bin who became slightly more than he (or anyone) bargained. His name was David Ortiz. He almost won an MVP award two years later.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Interesting. Arrieta’s command was definitely off on Monday, so maybe they figure an extra day’s rest’ll do him some good…
Monday, October 12, 2015
“It’s easy to talk about momentum, but it’s harder to maintain it,” Hershiser said. “Every day you put in the work to look to lengthen the run. Does it get easier? I’m not sure it does. It’s a mental challenge to keep it going as much as a physical challenge, knowing that the baseball probabilities will get you. So you just keep your focus knowing that you can make one more sinker low and away and one more breaking ball in the dirt.”
Arrieta keeps defying the probabilities. And it’s no exaggeration to say we can’t wait to see how far he can take this remarkable run.
Posted: October 12, 2015 at 08:17 AM | 19 comment(s)
Thursday, October 08, 2015
If tattoos ever go out of fashion, I suppose this is where we’re headed.
The bench clearing get-together during the game was just plain stupid.
Wednesday, October 07, 2015
It’s a big game. As much as I respect what the Pirates have accomplished, I must admit that I’m rooting for the Cubs.
The Arrieta-Cole matchup still sits comfortably in the top ten of dueling aces in winner-take-all games. Arrieta does have the edge in the matchup between the two pitchers, but the team with the better pitcher does not always win. In the 75 games in which one pitcher had at least a one-win WAR advantage, the better pitcher’s team posted a 44-31 record. It is probably a little unfair that a 97-win team and a 98-win team have to face off in a one-game playoff just to make the Division Series, but it has produced one of the greatest pitching matchups of all time.
Monday, September 28, 2015
Sunday, September 06, 2015
There is almost a whole month left. A lot can happen in a month.
Monday, August 31, 2015
Friday, August 21, 2015
Monday, August 17, 2015
Posey is so good he’s mentioned twice.
Posted: August 17, 2015 at 07:24 AM | 6 comment(s)
for his generous support.
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