The Chicago Cubans desperately need a strong start from Jake Arrieta Tuesday against the Philadelphia Philadelphians, but the veteran pitcher has once again struggled and launched early amid ongoing fights on the mound in a loss 15-10.
Despite the worrying lack of success this season, award winner Cy Young remains confident in himself and believes it is not the end of the road for him as an effective starting pitcher.
“Not close,” Arrieta said after lasting just 1 2/3 innings and leaving seven runs won over six hits against his first. from ESPN. “This sucks. Really, it does. But I’m not going to hang my head. I’m going to keep working. I’ll do whatever it takes to do it.”
As noted in ESPN’s writing, Arrieta started strong this season, posting 2.57 ERAs with his first five games. Things have taken a turn for the worse, though. Arrieta has compiled an ERA 8.55 in his past 12 games. In the season, he was 5-9 in 17 starts with a 6.30 ERA and 1,641 WHIP.
What’s most troubling for Arrieta is that his ineffectiveness comes with the Cubs in the wake of a potentially overwhelming 11-game losing streak. The pitcher, in his second stint with the Cubs after signing a one-year, $ 6 million contract after a three-year stint with the Phillies, later acknowledged his role on the devastating slide from the team.
“I’ve contributed to the ongoing stretch that we’re going through, and that I’m not feeling well,” Arrieta said. “There’s a lot left in the tank.” No questions about that. The clothes play. The execution is not here. It hasn’t been a while but I’ve been in a similar situation in my career. I’ve been in worse situations than that. ”
The 11-game slide led to a lead in the NL Central standings for the Cubs. At 42-44, they are nine games behind the top division Milwaukee Brewers (51-35) and eight games away in the NL wild-card race. If the Cubs are going to change things in any way – something that critically must come sooner rather than later – the team will need a return to some formative parenting outside of the 35-year-old Arrieta.
“I have all the tools,” Arrieta said. “I know what needs to be done.”