Chicago Cubs: Heyward breaks out in win; Jake Arrieta turns 31
By Jake Misener
The Chicago Cubs’ offense got a boost from struggling outfielder Jason Heyward Monday as the club topped the Angels on Jake Arrieta‘s 31st birthday.
Entering play Monday, Chicago Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward remained hitless. But, thanks to a towering home run and a clutch, opposite-field double, his cold spell snapped in a win over the Los Angeles Angels.
Heyward drove in three, while Munenori Kawasaki plated four for Chicago. Right-hander Jake Arrieta made his first Cactus League start of the year Monday, as well. He allowed three runs over his two innings’ pitched, striking out one.
Monday was also Arrieta’s 31st birthday. Given the lack of optimism he will re-sign with the Chicago Cubs when testing free agency this winter, we looked back at the top Jake Arrieta moments to celebrate his birthday.
Over the next two years, one of the biggest topics of discussion in baseball will be the looming free agent class that’s just two years down the road. Outfielder Bryce Harper headlines that list.
Harper, who is said to be seeking a $400 million deal in excess of 10 years, will be connected to any team with a large payroll – including the Cubs. However, given the team’s future payroll obligations with its stockpile of talent, this isn’t likely.
Chicago is loaded with outfield talent and will have to figure out how to pay both Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo, who will get increasingly expensive as time passes. Bryant is coming off an MVP season. Rizzo, meanwhile, won the Platinum Glove in the National League in 2016.
Because of Heyward’s big game, optimism is running high amongst fans heading into Tuesday’s game against Team Italy.
Around the Web…
Celebrating Jake Arrieta’s 31st birthday – Cubbies Crib
Cubs plate seven in fourth, hold on for win – Cubbies Crib
Arrieta tuning out contract talk – and butterflies – CSN Chcicago
Bryce Harper isn’t going to be a Cub – ever – Cubbies Crib
Baez set to join Team Puerto Rico this week – Cubbies Crib