While the real Steve Bartman politely declined an invite to attend the Chicago Cubs’ wild card showdown with the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park Wednesday night, a doppelganger of the most maligned baseball fan in major league history did make an appearance. A presumably pro-Pirates fan arrived at the ballpark dressed up as the man who in an instant Public Enemy No. 1 in Chicago...
Jake Arrieta proved he is capable of delivering in a big game on Wednesday night when he pitched a complete game shutout to send the Chicago Cubs to the NLDS. Several hours later, the righthander showed us he also has a tremendous sense of humor. Early Thursday morning, an admittedly bitter Pittsburgh Pirates fan tweeted...Read More
Jake Arrieta pitched an absolute gem as the Cubs blanked the Pirates 4-0 on Wednesday night in the NL Wild Card Game. The Cubs will take on the Cardinals in the NL Divisional Series on Friday, and the sky is the limit for them as they are riding a ton of momentum. Cubs fans haven’t seen their team in the postseason since 2008, so they were pretty excited after the big win. By...
Sean Rodriguez made quite an impression on MLB fans Wednesday. The Pittsburgh Pirates infielder got the start at third base and didn’t get a chance to hit in the game, but he sure made up for it later on. When the Pirates and Chicago Cubs got into a bases-clearing incident after Jake Arrieta was hit...Read More
The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates got into a benches-clearing incident during their one-game playoff on Wednesday after Jake Arrieta was hit by a pitch in the top of the seventh inning. Arrieta was on the hill for the Cubs and pitching a shutout. He hit Francisco Cervelli in the fifth and Josh Harrison in...Read More
Jake Arrieta has transformed from a below-average pitcher in Baltimore to possibly the best pitcher in the entire league. Since being traded to the Chicago Cubs two years ago, the right-hander has taken his game to another level. In 2015, Arrieta rode a spectacular second half to an MLB-leading 22 wins, four complete games and...Read More
Jake Arrieta‘s multi-faceted single-grip slider is sweet, but he’s had that for a while. There has to be something he changed to get better this year. There is something he’s changed, actually. He’s completely flipped his fastball usage. It’s visually compelling — Arrieta has changed very little about his pitching mix from last year to this year, except when it comes...
You may have heard a thing or two about this pitcher the Pirates are going up against tomorrow night. He’s pretty good. Like, “arguably the best second half in baseball history” good. So good that the Pirates are underdogs in this game – at home. The hype is real – you can look at his numbers, or look what he did to the Pirates in five games against them this year (a grand...
Individual performances tend to be magnified in the postseason, and that is especially true of pitchers. While 16-18 other players appear in the lineups and many others will have profound impacts on the outcomes of games over the next month, the starting pitcher will likely have more influence over the outcome of a single game than any other player. Everything is magnified in the...
Sunday night, Jake Arrieta came within sniffing distance of doing the almost unthinkable. By which I mean, Arrieta made a serious bid to hit two home runs. He also, at the same time, flirted with a perfect game against the Pirates, but that part is very thinkable. I don’t know how many times this year Arrieta has grabbed attention for taking a no-hitter or a perfect game deep,...
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