Jake Arrieta Returning to Dominance, While his Cubs “Replacement” Isn’t

Everyone that follows baseball remembers Jake Arrieta’s historic run in 2015, when he won 22 games while posting an outrageous 1.77 ERA. The very next season, he went on to win 18 games. Yet, after 2017, when he finished with a very modest season, the Cubs essentially let him walk. However, when Cubs fans see what he’s doing now, they probably get pretty pissed off. He’s essentially flipping them the bird and dominating everyone in his way.

Jake Arrieta left Chicago and signed a deal with the Phillies this offseason, and some people thought it was a good move considering the previous season wasn’t a reflection of his entire resume. Although the Cubs made a “last ditch effort” to sign Arrieta by offering him a “take it or leave it” deal, they gave him no time to think it over. Chicago would subsequently sign pitcher Yu Darvish the next day. Most Cubs fans everywhere went crazy for this signing. Fast forward a few months later, where they are probably pissed off that they have Yu and not Arrieta anymore.

Currently, Darvish is on the DL and before that happened, he stunk, winning just ONE out of eight starts. If a win/loss record of 1-3 isn’t bad enough, he’s posting a horrific 4.95 ERA and allowing a WHIP of 1.425. He’s only pitched 40 innings in 8 starts and has allowed 36 hits. To put it simply, he has not been good.

Now lets’s look at Arrieta’s stats, who Yu Darvish is supposed to be replacing as a Cubs “ace.” Arrieta is already 5-2 on the season in 10 starts. The big difference besides the win-loss is Jake only has a 2.16 ERA and his WHIP in comparison is 1.149. Just to add insult to injury, Arrieta is pretty much better than Yu in almost any category this season and is a big reason why the Phillies are only 1.5 games back in the NL East.

I can only imagine Cubs fans are looking at Arrieta’s dominance and then watching Yu’s lack of and simply asking, “why?” Especially since the Cubs pitching is a big reason why they have struggled thus far this season. As for Arrieta, I’d say his “revenge tour” is going pretty nicely.

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