Jake Arrieta SP CHC 2 Months

Jake Arrieta took a no-hitter into the bottom of the eighth inning Monday before giving up a lone single in 7 2/3 innings in a defeat of the Red Sox.

The Cubs were almost certainly relieved when Stephen Drew lined Arrieta's 120th pitch into right field for a two-out single in the eighth. The right-hander hadn't thrown more than 105 pitches since returning from the inflamed shoulder that cost him the first month, and the Cubs certainly didn't want him throwing 130-140 pitches tonight. In fact, they had a reliever ready to go when he gave up the hit and pulled him immediately rather than let him try to finish the eighth. Arrieta was outstanding, hitting the corners and racking up 10 strikeouts with his curve and slider. He's still a question mark in the health department, but he is a legitimate mixed-league asset right now.

Jake Arrieta SP CHC 2 Months

Jake Arrieta struck out nine while allowing just two runs over seven innings in the Cubs' 7-3 win over the Reds on Tuesday.

Arrieta didn't allow a hit until the seventh inning, when the Reds collected all three of their knocks and both of their runs against him. The win was Arrieta's third straight and his fourth consecutive start going six innings with two or fewer runs allowed. The right-hander is 4-1 with a 2.05 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 64/15 K/BB ratio over 57 innings -- numbers that add up to him being a must-own in all fantasy formats -- and he'll square off against the Nationals on Sunday.

Jake Arrieta SP CHC 2 Months

Jake Arrieta was brilliant again Wednesday, striking out a career-high 11 batters while tossing seven innings of one-run ball in a 6-1 victory over the Marlins.

Arrieta served up a solo homer to slugger Giancarlo Stanton in the first inning but was untouched after that. The right-hander allowed five hits on the day -- all singles aside from Stanton's bomb -- while walking just one. Arrieta has struck out 20 batters over his last two starts and now boasts a 1.98 ERA for the season. He needs to be in fantasy lineups next week in home starts versus the Reds and Nationals.

Jake Arrieta SP CHC 2 Months

Jake Arrieta was outstanding in Friday's victory over the Phillies, hurling seven scoreless innings while allowing just two hits and a walk.

Arrieta punched out nine in the impressive outing. It was the second straight dominant effort from the right-hander, who fanned seven over six shutout innings against the Marlins last week. He'll look to continue his impressive run when he brings a 2.09 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 44/14 K/BB ratio into Wednesday's matchup against the Marlins in Miami.

Jake Arrieta SP CHC 2 Months

Jake Arrieta threw six shutout innings, striking out seven, but settled for a no-decision against the Marlins on Sunday.

The right-hander turned in his finest outing of the season on Sunday, allowing just three singles while not walking a batter. Despite the good showing, the Cubs couldn't hold the lead to give him his second victory. Through seven starts, Arrieta has a 2.50 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 35/13 K/BB ratio in 36 innings. He should be owned in all NL-only leagues, and he's become an option in mixed leagues as well with his performance of late. He's got another tasty matchup with the struggling Phillies on Friday.

Jake Arrieta SP CHC 3 Months

Jake Arrieta was inefficient but effective, holding the Mets to one run while lasting just 4 2/3 innings in a no-decision on Tuesday.

It's questionable whether Arrieta was just good enough or the Mets were just bad enough to avoid serious damage, as the right-hander worked around seven hits and three walks on the night. Through six starts, Arrieta owns a good 3.00 ERA and not-so-good 1.60 WHIP. He's nothing more than an NL-only option at the moment. He'll match up with the Marlins on Sunday.

Jake Arrieta SP CHC 3 Months

Jake Arrieta coughed up four runs on seven hits over six innings in a loss against the Giants on Tuesday.

Arrieta struck out six and walked one. He was allowed to throw 94 pitches again, up from 82, 81, and 82 over his first three starts. Arrieta, now 1-1 with a 3.42 ERA, is no great shakes, but he has proved himself as a passable NL-only option. The 28-year-old has been succeeding without impressive peripherals since down the stretch last year after his trade from the Orioles. He squares off against the Marlins this weekend.

Jake Arrieta SP CHC 3 Months

Jake Arrieta allowed only one run on four hits over six innings in a victory against the Padres on Thursday.

Arrieta struck out seven and walked one. Chicago allowed the right-hander to up his season-high pitch total to 94; he'd gone 82, 81, and 82 in his first three starts. Arrieta has allowed one run or less in three of his four outings. Now 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA and 1.58 WHIP, Arrieta deserves a look in NL-only formats if you need a starter. The right-hander travels to San Francisco on Tuesday.

Jake Arrieta SP CHC 3 Months

Jake Arrieta allowed only one run but lasted just four innings in a no-decision against the Cardinals on Tuesday.

Runners were on base all night -- he allowed four hits and walked five on the evening -- but they were only able to push one run across during Arrieta's watch. That was due in part to the right-hander's five strikeouts. It was the second straight start Arrieta has lasted just four innings, mostly due to inefficiency. He'll look to last long enough to earn a victory when the Cubs meet the Brewers on Saturday.

Jake Arrieta SP CHC 4 Months

Jake Arrieta earned a no-decision, allowing four runs (three earned) in Thursday's start as the Cubs defeated the White Sox 12-5.

Arrieta wasn't sharp, allowing nine hits and a walk with only one strikeout, but the Cubs provided him with plenty of run support. The right-hander was making his second start of the season after recently coming off of the disabled list following a bout of shoulder soreness. Arrieta will look to make further progress in his next start on the road against the Cardinals.