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49 Jake Arrieta SP
Height/Weight: 6-4/225 | Birthdate: 3/6/1986 | Birthplace: Farmington, MO | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Chicago | College: Texas Christian | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: $516,500 | Owned/Started%: 98/82 | Average Draft Position: 49.83
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Cubs SP Jake Arrieta gives six runs in no-decision Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/24/2015) By definition, Cubs starter Jake Arrieta (4-4) posted a quality start in Saturday's loss to the Diamondbacks. The right-hander went six innings, giving up six runs (three earned) on seven hits. He walked two and struck out seven as his ERA rose to 2.95.

A couple of miscues from the defense, coupled with a sixth-inning home run from D-Backs catcher Tuffy Gosewisch, hurt Arrieta in this one. But luckily for him, his offense was able to erase a deficit, and Arrieta picked up a no decision. He'll hope for better fortunes in his next start Friday against the Royals.


Cubs SP Jake Arrieta allows one run in seven IP for hard-luck defeat


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/17/2015) Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta (4-4) gave up one run on five hits in seven innings Sunday to suffer the hard-luck loss against the Pirates.

Francisco Cervelli's RBI single in the fifth inning accounted for the only run Arrieta allowed.

Arrieta entered Sunday's game with a career 4-0 record and a 2.70 ERA against the Pirates.

Over his last two starts, Arrieta has allowed two runs in 15 innings (1.20 ERA).

Arrieta's next start is scheduled for Saturday in Arizona.

Cubs starter Jake Arrieta allows one run, fans 10 in eight IP for win


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/12/2015) Cubs starter Jake Arrieta (4-3) allowed one run on three hits and fanned 10 in eight innings Tuesday to defeat the Mets.

The outstanding performace was a total rebound from his previous two outings where he, combined, allowed nine runs in 10 1/3 innings, losing both games.

Arrieta retired the first nine batters he faced before allowing a leadoff walk in the fourth inning.

The 10 K's was a season high for Arrieta.

Arrieta's next scheduled start is set for Sunday against the Pirates.

Cubs righty Jake Arrieta blasted Thursday by Cardinals


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2015) The inconsistency that has defined the career of Cubs starter Jake Arrieta continued to plague him Thursday in St. Louis.

Arrieta has followed four strong starts to begin the year with two duds. The latest resulted in a loss in which he gave up four earned runs on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings. He did strike out seven.

"It's just frustrating," Arrieta said, per MLB.com. "I could've given better effort. Back to back starts where I haven't been very good. I've got some work to do and clean some things up and come out next time with a little better start and set the tone better."

The right-hander allowed a run-scoring single to Jason Heyward and RBI triple to Peter Bourjos in the second inning, then an RBI double to opposing pitcher John Lackey in the fourth. He has surrendered eight runs in the last 10 1/3 innings in nearly doubling his ERA from 1.74 to 3.41.

Arrieta will seek a turnaround Tuesday against the Mets.


Cubs' Jake Arrieta gives up four in loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Cubs starter Jake Arrieta gave up four runs in five innings to take the loss against Milwaukee on Saturday. 

"I just wasn't very good today, plain and simple," Arrieta said. "I didn't do a good enough job. We need more out of our starter and I didn't give us the effort I intended to today."

Arrieta gave up seven hits and walked one, dropping to 3-2, with a 2.84 ERA. He struck out six and threw 90 pitches, 62 strikes. 

Arrieta's next start is scheduled for Thursday, at St. Louis. 


Cubs' Jake Arrieta allows two runs in win vs. Reds


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta picked up a win Sunday, giving up two earned runs on four hits and three walks in six innings while striking out six in his team's 5-2 victory over the Reds.

Arrieta (3-1) was staked to a 5-0 lead heading into the fourth inning before surrendering a solo home run to Todd Frazier. He then ran into trouble in the fifth, loading the bases with no outs, but he was able to limit the damage to just one run in the inning before delivering a 1-2-3 sixth that included two strikeouts.

"In the fifth, I sped up a little bit, got out of my rhythm, a little uncharacteristic there," Arrieta said to MLB.com. "As things got a little more tense there, my emphasis was on not making a mistake, damage control and making pitches to avoid a big inning."

Arrieta owns a 2.03 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 25:7 K:BB ratio in 26 2/3 innings.

"After the home run, it seemed he was off command-wise, but still his stuff was good," Maddon said. "That's what you talk about when a guy doesn't cave in. That matters. You're not going to have your best stuff, best everything every night. You've got to be able to win with less than your best, and he did. That's a tribute to him and his work and his mental focus."

His next start is scheduled for Friday against the Brewers at home.


Cubs-Reds game officially postponed due to rain


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) The Cubs and Reds have officially postponed Saturday's game in Chicago due to inclement weather, the team's announced. The game, originally scheduled to be played at 1 p.m., was delayed over four hours before officials decided to move the game to a later date, which is yet to be determined.

Cubs scheduled starter Jake Arrieta and Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani will be Sunday's starters, pushing back everyone in both rotations one day, the teams announced. 


Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta strikes out seven in win Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta allowed just one run over seven innings of work in Chicago's 5-2 win over the Pirates Monday. 

Arrieta only saw issues in the first inning when he allowed an RBI single to Andrew McCutchen, driving in Gregory Polanco. He settled in after that, recording seven strikeouts over his final six innings of work.

Arrieta, now 2-1 on the year, boasts a 1.74 ERA in 20 2/3 innings this season. He will look to keep rolling Saturday against the Reds.


Cubs' Jake Arrieta has won 3 of 4 starts in career vs. Pirates


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta has won three of four career starts against the Pirates, who he will be facing in his start Monday. He has a 3.13 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in those four starts.

The right-hander went 1-0 with a 3.27 ERA in two starts against Pittsburgh last season. He is 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA in two starts at PNC Park. 

The Pirates enter play Monday having scored 46 runs, which is below the league average of 51.


One bad inning sinks Cubs starter Jake Arrieta Tuesday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/14/2015) Cubs starter Jake Arrieta (1-1) yielded three earned runs on seven hits and struck out five in 6 2/3 innings of works on Tuesday against the Reds and was saddled with the loss.

Arrieta's only trouble came in the fourth inning when he allowed RBI singles to Joey Votto, Jay Bruce and Marlon Byrd.

Arrieta's next start is Monday in Pittsburgh.

Cubs' Arrieta tosses seven scoreless innings in win vs. Cardinals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta allowed just three hits and three walks in seven scoreless innings while striking out seven in his team's 2-0 win over the Cardinals Wednesday.

Arrieta conquered a rough first inning and seemed to respond to a pep talk from catcher Miguel Montero, MLB.com reports.

"I know he’s a guy who you can go a little bit hard on him and he can take it and he’ll get better," Montero said. "Some guys you have to go softer because you don’t want to hurt his feelings. I went to the mound, I know he can take it and I let him know what I think. It did help, because he agreed with what I said."

Arrieta continued his career dominance of the Cardinals, as he entered Wednesday's game with an 0.92 ERA in five career starts against the team. He was initially slated to pitch Tuesday, but inclement weather pushed his schedule back one day and caused the team to juggle its rotation for the rest of the week. Arrieta will square off against the Reds in Chicago Tuesday.


Cubs push Arrieta to Wednesday following Tuesday's postponement


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta, who was scheduled to start Tuesday, got pushed back to Wednesday against St. Louis due to Tuesday's postponement. He'll face Lance Lynn, according to ESPN.

Meanwhile, Jason Hammel was pushed back from Wednesday to Saturday. Travis Wood will take the mound on Friday in Colorado, followed by Hammel and Kyle Hendricks to round off Chicago's weekend series against the Rockies.


Cubs, Cardinals postponed Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Tuesday's game between the Cubs and Cardinals has been postponed due to the forecast of rain and sub-freezing wind chills throughout the evening, the Cubs announced.

A makeup date for Tuesday's postponement has yet to be scheduled, but it is likely to come in July or September rather than this week. Jake Arrieta and Lance Lynn were the scheduled starters for Tuesday's matchup.

Lynn has been named the starter for Wednesday's series finale against the Cubs. The Cardinals will keep the rotation in line moving forward, with John Lackey, Michael Wacha and Carlos Martinez on tap to face the Reds this weekend. Adam Wainwright is now scheduled to take the mound for the team's home opener Monday against the Brewers.


Cubs' Jake Arrieta has dominated Cardinals in past


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta has posted a 0.92 ERA in five career starts against the Cardinals, his opponent Tuesday. It's the lowest ERA delivered by any pitcher against the Cardinals with at least five career starts against the team, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The Cardinals took Game 1 of the series Sunday with a 3-0 win, but the Cubs will look to parlay Arrieta's dominance of the Cardinals into a series-evening victory Tuesday. The Cubs are favorites (-110) to beat the Cardinals and Lance Lynn Tuesday night.


Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta does it all in start Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta tossed five strike outs over four scoreless innings of work Saturday. Arrieta also added a three-run home run and an RBI double to help his own cause, something he simply called a good work day, reports MLB.com.

"i like it," Arrieta said. "I think it allows us to put a little speed behind me. I feel I can handle the bat well. Depending on the situation, I feel I can put a bunt down efficiently."

Arrieta feels comfortable with the bat in his hand, partially why manager Joe Maddon is considering batting the pitcher eighth in the order.

"It is the pitcher, and it seems like a break in the lineup, but we feel we can do some damage there and help us out," Arrieta said.


Cubs' Jake Arrieta changing diet, workout routine


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta revamped his offseason program, and he hopes the changes will pay off this season. 

Arrieta cut back on weight training in favor of Pilates. He does the yoga workouts six days a week, which will improve his range of motion and stamina. 

"A lot of guys are starting to get way from trying to jerk these heavy weights and throw all these heavy weights around," Arrieta said, per the Baltimore Sun. "Building strength is very important, but there are many ways to do that. That's why I got into Pilates because I can reduce the stress and impact in my joints while still being able to increase strength and flexibility, and it's going to pay dividends."

Arrieta also cut back on red meat and added a high concentration of fruits and vegetables, including kale juice. 

"The first thing you have to do is understand the nutrients your body needs," Arrieta said. "The best way to get those sources of nutrition is from vegetables, nuts, beans and things that aren't processed."

Arrieta has a 2-1 record with a 5.40 ERA this spring.


Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta struggles in outing Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta went four innings Wednesday, giving up five runs on seven hits with two walks against the Dodgers. Despite his early struggles, Arrieta settled down and finished with five strikeouts.

"I just got into a couple situations there, a couple at-bats where I got behind in the count and served something up that was a little too hittable," Arrieta said to MLB.com. "They were able to get the ball in the air and strung some hits together."

He will use the next few days to work on his control.

"I just need to be a little more precise with things earlier in counts so I'm not in hitter-friendly counts in big situations, and moving forward, that's something I'll put emphasis on," Arrieta said.


Report: Cubs P Jake Arrieta encouraged by recent start


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2015) Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta is working his way back to the mound. He is encouraged by his progress up to this point.

"That was one of the points of emphasis going in," Arrieta said of his efficient outing. "Establish the fastball, sinker, moving in to righties especially. I threw some good breaking balls and stayed away from the changeup today to focus primarily on the cutter and the curveball, and they were both good."

Arrieta's repertoire of pitches forces batters to keep guessing. The Cubs plan on him being one of their three starters. He feels the same way.

"I was able to use [the curve] early in the count for early strikes and to set up a couple counts later in the game, third, fourth inning," he said. "I think I got one, maybe three on swings and misses. That's what I was looking for today, and just keeping the fastball down in the zone, and both of those areas were pretty crisp."


Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta struggles in spring training debut


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta didn't produce the spring training start he wanted to Sunday against the Rangers.

He gave up one hit, a home run, and three walks in two innings of work.

"Even now, I expect results. I punished myself a little bit running just because of the walks. It's just something I do to get better," Arrieta said to MLB.com.

Manager Joe Maddon has seen what Arrieta can do and knows he has a high level of play in him.

"The big thing with him was you'd hit those spurts when you couldn't touch him and then things would blow up, like maybe the fourth or fifth inning, but the stuff was always electric," Maddon said.


Cubs, SP Jake Arrieta agree to terms on $3.63 million deal


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Cubs and starter Jake Arrieta have avoided arbitration with a one-year, $3.63 million contract, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman on Friday. He made $500,000 last season.

Arrieta went 10-5 with a career-best 2.53 ERA through 25 starts in 2014. He registered a 0.989 WHIP and 167:41 K:BB ratio over 156 2/3 innings of work. He has a career 4.48 ERA through five seasons in the majors.


Cubs tender eight arbitration-eligible players


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The Cubs tendered contracts to eight arbitration-eligible players prior to Tuesday's deadline. Those players included: Pitchers Travis Wood and Jake Arrieta, outfielder Chris Coghlan,  third baseman Luis Valbuena, reliever Pedro Strop, outfielder Justin Ruggiano, pitcher Felix Doubront and catcher Welington Castillo.

Report: Cubs to tender offers to 10 arbitration-eligible players


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2014) The Cubs are expected to tender offers to the 10 arbitration-eligible players on their roster by Tuesday's deadline, according to MLB.com. The 10 players are Travis WoodJake ArrietaJohn BakerWelington CastilloChris CoghlanFelix DoubrontJustin RuggianoPedro StropLuis Valbuena and Wesley Wright.

Jake Arrieta turns in fantastic start Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta turned in a fantastic start Wednesday against the Cardinals.

Arrieta allowed one unearned run on two hits over seven innings. He struck out 10 and walked one during the outing. Arrieta’s only run came on an error. With runners at first and third, the Cardinals attempted to steal second. Welington Castillo made a throwing error on the play, allowing Yadier Molina to score from third. Arrieta would get the next two batters out, so the run would not have scored if not for the error. 

With the win, Arrieta improved to 10-5.


Cubs juggle rotations plan for final week


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) The Cubs have swapped two scheduled starters for next week's series against the Cardinals, with Kyle Hendricks now scheduled to pitch Tuesday and Jake Arrieta moving to Wednesday, MLB.com reports.

The change was made to give Hendricks one extra start before the end of the season, as he'll be lined up to pitch the season finale Sunday.


Jake Arrieta gives owners something to remember


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/17/2014) Just in case you were beginning to have some doubts about Jake Arrieta, noticing that he hasn't been quite as dominant in recent weeks with a 3-4 record, 3.67 ERA and 8.3 strikeouts per nine innings in 12 starts since his breakthrough June, he made sure that line of thinking wouldn't haunt you in the offseason, regardless of how his final two starts go, with his performance Tuesday night.

Not only did he record his first complete game and shutout, but he threw a one-hitter, setting a career high with 13 strikeouts. It was a start even better than any of those he had in June, and he did against the same Reds team that beat him up for six earned runs in four inning back on Aug. 28 -- one of two ugly starts that served to inflate his ERA during that 12-start stretch.

The 28-year-old right-hander has maintained his velocity throughout and, apart from a trio of three-walk games at the beginning of July, hasn't encountered any of his past control issues. And for all his strikeouts, he has one of the lowest home run rates in the majors, making him the best of both worlds as far as quality pitchers -- a groundballer who won't give up a bunch of cheap singles pitching to contact.

In other words, he checks off every box on the list.

The one exception, of course, is durability. Until he goes 200 innings, you have reason to wonder if he can. But once all the established aces go off the board, Arrieta will rank as high as any pitcher in 2015. Top 25 seems like a lock.