Impressive Arrieta Ends Orioles’ Win Streak At Wrigley; Cubs Take Series Opener 4-1

Sports and Bets — August 22, 2014 at 6:04 pm by

I’ve seen Jake Arrieta fold under pressure time and time again while pitching with the Orioles, so i thought no doubt this guy was going to cave when given the task of facing his former team. But Arrieta was brilliant on the bump Friday. He picked up the win after throwing seven innings of one-run baseball, to improve his record to 7-4. The first Oriole hit came with one out in the fifth inning off the bat of Chris Davis, and the only run the Orioles plated came from a solo shot off the bat of Nelson Cruz. Another former Oriole, Pedro Strop, got in on the action and pitched one scoreless inning.


I have mixed emotions seeing a guy like Arrieta thriving this year. He is sporting an ERA of 2.53 on the year, which is very impressive. It’s nice to see a player who was unsuccessful with one team get a fresh start, and take advantage of it. But it also would have been much nicer if he was doing this for the Birds. I’m not saying I think the Orioles made a bad trade when they shipped him and Strop off for Scott Feldman last summer, because both of these pitchers were struggling mightily at the time, and I think everyone in Baltimore had just about given up on both of them. But if Arrieta could have ever put it all together here in Baltimore he’d look pretty nice in the same rotation as Tillman, Norris, and Gausman. All that being said, it is no doubt easier to pitch in the National League, as opposed to the American League East, so it’s unclear just how good he’d be had he not been traded. Arrieta is a guy who needed to take his talents elsewhere, and now he’s thriving in his new role on the Cubs. We just have to tip our caps and wish him the best.

Gausman was not terrible today, although he did allow 3 earned runs in only five innings of work, while picking up the loss, despite looking strong coming out of the gate. After allowing two home runs, he just got out-dueled by Arrieta on the road. The twenty-three year old’s ERA is still a respectable 3.81 for the year.


Other Game Notes:

Nelson Cruz added to his home run total on the year, reaching an MLB best 34 dingers. He now has two more home runs than runners-up Jose Abreu and Giancarlo Stanton.

The O’s fall back to 20 games over .500.

Chris Davis was thrown out at the plate trying to score in the fifth inning. Despite an argument and manager’s challenge by Buck, the umpires ruled the catcher was not blocking the plate, a decision that remains very controversial with Oriole fans.

Next Up For The Birds:

Saturday, August 23, 2:20 PM at Chicago Cubs. Norris (11-7) vs Hendricks (5-1).


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