The Chicago Cubs have had a magical 2015 season finally seeing the fruits of their labor pay off clinching a playoff berth for the first time since 2008!!! They have gotten huge contributions from their young sluggers in Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Addison Russell and Kyle Schwarber all of which they have either acquired in trades or drafted, sometimes it pays to be a bad team for a couple years. These guys have shown they are going to be a force for many years to come. The team also brought in highly touted manager Joe Maddon, who has already created a winning culture in his first year in the Windy City!!
The young offense is great, but as the saying goes pitching and defense wins championships and this year the Chicago Cubs have been led by the right arm of “Jake from State Farm” Jake Arrieta, who has put up eye-popping numbers this season making the Baltimore Orioles cringe wondering where this was a couple years ago. He is 22-6 with a miniscule ERA of 1.77 and 236 strikeouts ridiculous numbers; he the first pitcher since Dwight Gooden in 1985 to have 22 wins and a sub-two ERA. The overall numbers are jaw dropping, but Arrieta’s numbers in the second half are both historic and laughable he is 12-1 with an MLB record 0.75 ERA. Oh, just one more thing since August 1 he has an 11-0 with a 0.41 ERA it’s been unfair for opponents. This stretch is similar to the one Bob Gibson pulled off with the Cardinals forcing major league baseball to lower the mound unfortunately for offenses I don’t see that happening again.
Those are just staggering numbers and I believe he is going to join Hall of Famer Greg Maddux as the only pitcher that wasn’t an All-Star to win the National League CY Young award! Historic stuff and no way the Cubs would be where they are without Jake Arrieta and that’s why he should win the National League Cy Young award; it also helps that Zach Greinke and Clayton Kershaw will split votes!! All I have to say is good luck to the Pirates trying to crack the code of Arrieta. It’s been a magical season for the Cubs! Baseball is better when the Cubs are competitive and in postseason play. October is going to be fun and I’m excited to see how it plays out!