Jake Arrieta has shown no signs of slowing down after winning last year’s NL Cy Young Award. When Eugenio Suarez’ pop-up landed in Jason Heyward’s glove to end last night’s match-up between the Cubs and and the Reds, it sealed the second no-hitter of Arrieta’s career, just 9 regular season starts after his first against the Dodgers last August.
It was an absolute blowout for the Cubs on both sides of the ball. In addition to Arrieta not allowing a single hit to the Reds, his offense gave him 15 more runs than he would have needed. 16-0 was the final from Great American Ballpark. Arrieta needed 119 pitches, 71 were for strikes. He walked 4 and K’d 6. Kris Bryant, Ben Zobrist, David Ross and Anthony Rizzo all homered to back their pitcher.
Even though he walked more and struck out less than his last no-no, Arrieta was even more dominant this time around because no one on Cincinnati came remotely close to getting a hit, the 30-year-old stud didn’t need any miracle plays from his fielders to keep his effort alive. Brandon Phillips had the closest thing the Reds had to a hit, a sharp grounder up the third base line that 3B Bryant managed to get to 1B Rizzo on a hop.
Arrieta is now the 30th pitcher in the MLB’s multiple no-no club and the fifth pitcher in as many seasons to join it (Justin Verlander: 2007 & 2011, Homer Bailey: 2012-13, Tim Lincecum: 2013-14, Max Scherzer: two in 2015).
The win improves Arrieta to 4-0 on the year. He now has 26 K’s and a .87 ERA. It doesn’t matter if you like the guy or not, that is unreal. Fellow 300 Leveler Monte Perez recently predicted Noah Syndergaard to win this year’s NL Cy Young. One thing is for sure, Jake Arrieta doesn’t plan on giving it up easily, last night is evidence.