The Chicago Cubs recalled Jake Arrieta from Iowa for the last six weeks of the season to get a good look at what they might have for the future. He had pitched well in his one spot start and has pitched well in Iowa, so they wanted him to work with Chris Bosio and get a good idea of what to expect for next year. After allowing only two runs and two hits in seven shutout innings against the Cardinals, things are looking good.
“That’s the kind of stuff a power arm can do,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. “When you have a 91-mph cutter, slider, whatever you want to call his offspeed pitch, and a curveball, and [the ability to make] some really good pitches in key situations and counts when you thought he might be losing good hitters — he made great pitches down and away on the black at 95, 96 mph.”
Arrieta was seen as one of those “change of scenery” types, as they like to say. He’s embracing the change with gusto.
“For me, there’s no question that this change of scenery and this trade was huge for me and my career, and not only for me, but for the Cubs as well,” Arrieta said. “I couldn’t be more excited to be here.”
And we’re happy to have you. Now keep the walks at a minimum, okay?
“It’s just a matter of commanding the ball and limiting my walks,” he said. “That’s what’s gotten me in the past is too many free passes and letting guys get away when I’m in favorable counts. It’s pretty much keeping my foot on the gas and staying on the attack and not letting guys back in counts where I clearly have the advantage. I’ve made a conscious effort to get better at certain things, and it’s starting to show.”
Please continue to make that conscious effort.
The Cubs are now an even 7-7 against the Cards this year, and through all the woes, that is nice to see. What would be even nicer to see is another win against them today. Starting for the Cardinals will be Joe Kelly (3-3, 3.27). His last start was Sunday in St. Louis, in which he took a no-decision against our dear Cubs. He allowed four earned runs in 5.1 innings pitched. Starting for the Cubs is Travis Wood (7-9, 3.00). Travis took the loss in his last start despite allowing only two earned runs in 8 innings. Hopefully the offense will give him some more support.
No lineup has been posted yet. Game time is 3:05 Central and it will be broadcast on FOX.