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Chicago Cubs: Celebrating the historic achievements of Jake Arrieta

Apr 21, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta reacts after pitching a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. The Cubs won 16-0. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 21, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta reacts after pitching a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. The Cubs won 16-0. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports /
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Cy Young pitcher, home run hitter

Last season, Jake Arrieta was a 1.0 WAR player – with the bat.

That’s a staggering number for a pitcher, but if you watched his at-bats every day, it hardly comes as a surprise. Even in the postseason, Arrieta was on-point.

In the National League Division Series, the reigning Cy Young winner stepped up – and delivered. With Madison Bumgarner on the hill in a tied game, Arrieta took the southpaw deep.

Before that at-bat, Madison Bumgarner had never allowed a home run to an opposing pitcher. We’re not just talking about in postseason play, where he’s been utterly dominant. In his entire big-league career, MadBum had never allowed a long-ball to his opposite number.

The blast was Arrieta’s fourth career home run and his first postseason knock. Not a bad way to break into the hit column for a postseason career, eh?

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