Cubs History: Jake Arrieta joins a rare circle
The 2015-16 Cubs teams were tons of fun. They made a National League Championship appearance in 2015, falling to the New York Mets and won the World Series in 2016. Jake Arrieta came to Chicago in 2013 from Baltimore via trade, dominated for the Cubs in that span. He posted a 2.39 ERA in 64 starts, including two no-hitters.
On August 30, 2015, Arrieta went on the road to Los Angeles, blanking the Dodgers. Before Mills’ performance on Sunday, Arrieta was the first pitcher since Holtzman threw a no-hitter in an opponent’s ballpark. One walk to shortstop Jimmy Rollins and an error from Starlin Castro were the only baserunners allowed by Arrieta. He struck out 12 hitters and posted a game score of 98, which ranked as the second-highest in history behind only Kerry Wood’s 20 strikeout game.
On April 21, 2016, Arrieta once again went on the road in Cincinnati. In what turned out to be a 16-run outburst, Arrieta walked four and struck out six on top of adding a couple of hits of his own. The start lowered his season ERA to 0.87 in an all-star season and a top ten NL Cy Young award finish and culminate in a ring.