Jake Arrieta SP CHC 2 days ago

Arrieta (5-0) limited the Brewers to three hits, four walks and one run while striking out six over five innings in Thursday's win.

Competitive Edge Analysis

It's rare to see Arrieta leave a game so soon -- he was lifted for a pinch hitter after 92 pitches, ending his streak of consecutive quality starts at 24. It's a rather curious decision with the Cubs already leading 5-1 at the time, but perhaps manager Joe Maddon just wanted to preserve his ace. Either way, this is five wins in five starts for Arrieta, who now holds an even 1.00 ERA. It's the tiniest bit concerning that he's issued four walks in consecutive starts, but considering one of those was a no-hitter, that can be overlooked.

Jake Arrieta SP CHC 3 days ago

Arrietta will not make his scheduled start Wednesday due to the postponement of Wednesday's matchup with the Brewers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Wednesday's evening forecast in Chicago was not promising, so it was decided to play the game at a later date. Arrieta will be pushed back just one day and take the hill Thursday against the same Brewers team he was originally scheduled to face.

Jake Arrieta SP CHC 1 week ago

Arrieta (4-0) no-hit the Reds on Thursday, striking out six and working around four walks while adding a 2-for-4 performance at the plate.

Competitive Edge Analysis

You know that school of thought that last season's insane numbers were impossible to repeat, that Arrieta just had to experience some regression this year? It sure doesn't look like that's happening. He's again been one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball, and even though the Reds are a relatively soft opponent, he cut through their lineup like a hot knife through butter. Another bad team, the Brewers, is lined up to be Arrieta's next victim Wednesday.

Jake Arrieta SP CHC 2 weeks ago

Arrieta (3-0) struck out eight and surrendered five hits and a walk over eight innings in Saturday's 6-2 victory over the Rockies.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The reigning NL Cy Young award winner was masterful at Wrigley once again, where he hasn't allowed a run his last 48.2 innings of work. Manager Joe Maddon opted to lift Arrieta after 100 pitches, or the Cubs' ace could have seemingly cruised to a complete game. Arrieta struck the first three batters he faced on swinging strikes, and retired 10 straight between the fourth and seventh inning. He's now made a club-record 23 consecutive quality starts, and is sporting an impressive 1.23 ERA over his first three starts of 2016.

Jake Arrieta SP CHC 3 weeks ago

Arrieta tossed a quality start Sunday versus Arizona, allowing just three runs with six strikeouts and no walks across seven innings en route to a 2-0 record.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Chicago ace was lights out in his season debut, and while he was victimized a couple of times in the face of a tough matchup, he delivered once again. Arrieta , who now has a 1.93 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP through 14 innings, appears set to remain an elite option after a breakout 2015 campaign.

Jake Arrieta SP CHC 4 weeks ago

Arrieta (1-0) won his Opening Day start against the Angels on Monday behind seven shutout innings, as he struck out six, walked one, and allowed only two hits.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Arrieta surely would have had more in the tank if this was a midseason game, as he only needed 89 pitches to slice through the Angels lineup for seven innings. Arrieta threw just 25 balls, and both the hits Arrieta allowed were harmless singles. It was a clinical performance as the NL Cy Young winner picked up right where he left off.

Jake Arrieta SP CHC 1 month ago

Arrieta allowed one run on two hits and two walks while striking out five in Tuesday's exhibition win against Oakland.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The 2015 Cy Young Award winner hasn't had a great spring, so Tuesday's performance is an encouraging sign heading into Opening Day. Arrieta has been one of the most dominant pitchers in the league over the past two years. He had a historic finish to 2015 -- in his last nine starts, he went 8-0 with a 0.27 ERA, 0.55 WHIP and 73:7 K:BB. The only concern headed into 2016 surrounds his health. The 30-year-old has been hampered by injuries before, and his 229 innings pitched last season were far and away the most he'd ever thrown. Assuming the right-hander can go 200-plus innings again, Arrieta is a safe bet to remain among league's elite pitchers.

Jake Arrieta SP CHC 1 month ago

Arrieta has been named the Cubs opening day starter, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Arrieta had been scheduled for a regular bullpen session Sunday, and with this announcement, it appears everything went as planned despite dealing with a thumb blister of late. He'll make his final start of spring training Tuesday, and then take the hill on opening night on regular rest.

Jake Arrieta SP CHC 1 month ago

Arrieta (thumb) is set to throw a bullpen Sunday and make his final start of spring training Tuesday, Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Arrieta has been dealing with a blister on his pitching thumb of late, but he told reporters that it's a non-issue moving forward. Provided that his bullpen and exhibition appearances go off without a hitch, Arrieta should be ready to take the mound as the Cubs' Opening Day starter.

Jake Arrieta SP CHC 1 month ago

Arrieta (thumb) plans to throw a bullpen session Saturday and says his thumb is fine, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Arrieta went as far to say "It's good, we're good. No one is dying," so the blister is likely a non-factor going forward. He soaked the thumb in Neosporin Thursday night and will proceed with his normal schedule.