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In his prime with the Cubs, Jake Arrieta did things we hadn’t seen before

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In 2015 and early 2016, whenever Jake Arrieta took over the ball for the Chicago Cubs, you knew how the game would go. Odds were that the Cubs would win and the bearded right-hander would do something impressive, whether it was shooting a no-hitter or simply splitting the opposing team’s lineup from top to bottom.

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There have been nearly 30 matches where Arrieta’s only loss has been in the form of a Cole Hamels no-hitter at Wrigley. That’s right, it took baseball history for the 2015 NL Cy Young Award winner to come out on the wrong end of a decision.

From June 21, 2015 to June 1, 2016, Arrieta was from another world—she may have put together the most impressive run we’ve ever seen by a starting pitcher. 1.13 squeezed it while running 30 games sounds like a typo, or maybe something you’ve thrown into a video game playing rookie when you know full well your skills are far superior on such a low difficulty.

As the 2015 season went on, Arrieta seemed to be getting stronger. The forward of that run who ran from 30 starts, posted a 0.86 ERA over nearly 150 innings of work to finish the regular season, and carried an insane amount of momentum into the 2015 NL Wild Card Game at PNC Park.

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