Jake Arrieta put together another stellar outing as the Cubs shutout the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-0 on Tuesday.
The Cubs pitcher threw seven scoreless innings while striking out five batters. Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Arrieta hasn’t reached his maximum potential.
He’s not as good as he’d going to become. When he really understands how to utilize all of his weapons it can get scary.
Arrieta is among the top five starting pitchers in the National League— he’s second with 12 wins, sixth with a 1.00 WHIP, third with 152 strikeouts and 10th with a 2.50 ERA.
Former Cubs pitcher and MLB Network analyst Dan Plesac thinks Arrieta has a chance to win the Cy Young.
This is [Arrieta’s] breakout year, Plesac said. If the Cubs stay relevant in the next six to eight weeks, and I really think they are, this guy is going to lead the brigade…There is a lot of baseball left to be played, but [Arrieta] has pitched himself into the mix.
Plesac said the only one standing in Arrieta’s way is Los Angeles pitcher Zack Greinke, who is 10-2 with a 1.41 ERA this season.