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Chicago Cubs News: Arrieta’s back as Cubs win sixth straight

Aug 6, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell (27) and starting pitcher Jake Arrieta (49) and first baseman Anthony Rizzo (44) talk during the game against the Oakland Athletics in the seventh inning at O.co Coliseum. The Cubs won 4-0. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY
Aug 6, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell (27) and starting pitcher Jake Arrieta (49) and first baseman Anthony Rizzo (44) talk during the game against the Oakland Athletics in the seventh inning at O.co Coliseum. The Cubs won 4-0. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY /
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The Chicago Cubs’ Jake Arrieta had a second half last season to remember. Maybe Saturday’s win was the start of another special run as the Cubs shutout the A’s.

The Chicago Cubs were down for a little bit, we can’t deny that. But whatever the reason was, they seem to have gotten past it as they notched their sixth straight win behind an impressive performance from Jake Arrieta. After going winless in the month of July, Arrieta tossed eight innings of shutout baseball as the Cubs topped the A’s, 4-0. Their lead in the NL Central has now opened up to 10 1/2 with the Cardinals loss last night.

After returning from the DL on Friday, Jorge Soler has jumped right back into the offense with four RBIs in his first two games back. His return should allow Joe Maddon to be even more creative with his lineups than he already was–if you can even imagine such a thing. And that can be attributed to this team’s depth.

Speaking of depth, is it still an issue? While the Cubs seem to have more than enough able bodies to play the field, the losses of Dexter Fowler, Soler and even Kyle Schwarber have taken their toll. It was their depth that was preached entering the season, so are we still singing its praises?

These stories and more that you might have missed:

‘Arrieta returns to form as Cubs top the A’s, 4-0’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Soler’s return offers unique possibilities for Maddon’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Is depth an issue for the Cubs?’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Ichiro collects hit No. 2,999, starts today’ – MLB.com

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