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Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta warms up in the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015. Arrieta allowed two hits in a 5-0 win for the Cubs. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta is very confident about the playoffs

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Confidence is key during the hunt for October, and Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta has tons of it.

After the 5-0 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Arrieta said he’s confident the Cubs will be in the playoffs.

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Arrieta went seven scoreless innings while striking out five against the Pirates on Tuesday. The righty has a 2.37 ERA since the All-Star break.

The Cubs are 8.5 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central and three games back from the Pirates in the Wild Card, but Arrieta is confident the Cubs will catch both teams.

The Cubs are on a six-game winning streak and will go for the two-game sweep against the Pirates on Wednesday.

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