Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback



All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher
Editor - Baseball Primer


Jake Arrieta Newsbeat

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Same Scout Once Drafted Both Of Today’s Cy Young Winners

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.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 18, 2015 at 10:08 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dallas keuchel, jake arrieta, scouting

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Two Aces Down, Two More to Go in the Mets’ Path - The New York Times

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.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2015 at 11:00 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jake arrieta, mets

Cubs ace Jake Arrieta looks to rediscover dominance and even NLCS

“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.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2015 at 08:56 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jake arrieta, mets, noah syndergaard

Friday, October 16, 2015

How Kyle Schwarber, Jake Arrieta and Addison Russell transformed Chicago Cubs

“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.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2015 at 10:54 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: addison russell, cubs, jake arrieta, kyle schwarber

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Cubs leaning toward Lester for Game 1 start

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

Jake Arrieta’s run among best in MLB history |

“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.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2015 at 08:17 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jake arrieta

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Cubs fan gets Jake Arrieta’s face shaved into his head

If tattoos ever go out of fashion, I suppose this is where we’re headed.

Spahn Insane: once again (still?) a filthy whore. Posted: October 08, 2015 at 11:45 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jake arrieta

Cubs take the Joe Maddon way to National League Division Series - Chicago Tribune

The bench clearing get-together during the game was just plain stupid.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2015 at 06:02 AM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jake arrieta, joe maddon, playoffs, wild card

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Arrieta-Cole, Objectively One of Best Playoff Matchups Ever | FanGraphs Baseball

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.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2015 at 08:32 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, gerrit cole, jake arrieta, pirates

Monday, September 28, 2015

Jake Arrieta hits a no-doubt home run against the Pirates

He had a pretty, pretty, pretty good day.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2015 at 06:45 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jake arrieta

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

Monday, August 31, 2015

Jake Arrieta throws no-hitter against Dodgers |

I was not planning on watching the entire game. Jake Arrieta changed my plans.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 31, 2015 at 06:32 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jake arrieta, no hitter

Friday, August 21, 2015

Arrieta Picks Up 15th Win, Cubs Pound Braves 7-1 - The New York Times

Lester is not the ace in Chicago.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 21, 2015 at 08:15 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jake arrieta

Monday, August 17, 2015



BBTF Partner

Support BBTF


Thanks to
The Piehole of David Wells
for his generous support.


You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogHow Colby Rasmus' big contract played a role in trading Jed Lowrie - Houston Chronicle
(11 - 2:35pm, Nov 26)
Last: Never Give an Inge (Dave)

NewsblogThe 3-man rotation? It's coming ... sometime, says Bill James
(13 - 2:16pm, Nov 26)
Last: cardsfanboy

(798 - 2:07pm, Nov 26)
Last: Orange Julius Is a Synonym for Evil

NewsblogComcast takes shot at Yankees in dispute as cable operator says not many folks watching the games on YES
(11 - 1:46pm, Nov 26)
Last: David Nieporent (now, with children)

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - November 2015
(1224 - 1:42pm, Nov 26)
Last: Tom Cervo, backup catcher

NewsblogJed Lowrie rejoins A’s; Brett Lawrie likely to be traded - San Francisco Chronicle
(2 - 1:28pm, Nov 26)
Last: Ginger Nut

NewsblogOT: Soccer in November 2015
(130 - 12:57pm, Nov 26)
Last: Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play

NewsblogOT - November* 2015 College Football thread
(861 - 11:52am, Nov 26)
Last: Infinite Yost (Voxter)

NewsblogOakland A's acquire Jed Lowrie from Houston Astros for RHP Brendan McCurry
(14 - 11:24am, Nov 26)
Last: A triple short of the cycle

Hall of Merit2016 Hall of Merit Ballot Discussion
(109 - 11:10am, Nov 26)
Last: Bleed the Freak

NewsblogReport: MLB in 'advanced negotiations' to play games in London
(44 - 10:57am, Nov 26)
Last: Random Transaction Generator

NewsblogRod Carew opens up about his private life and his near-death experience
(65 - 10:48am, Nov 26)
Last: bobm

Hall of Merit2015 Hall of Merit Ballot
(179 - 9:52am, Nov 26)
Last: Bleed the Freak

NewsblogOT Gaming: October 2015
(185 - 8:43am, Nov 26)
Last: Random Transaction Generator

NewsblogBraves sign veteran starter Bud Norris
(1 - 8:33am, Nov 26)
Last: bfan

Page rendered in 0.4676 seconds
115 querie(s) executed