Former-Cubs ace Jake Arrieta who left in free agency signing with the Phillies returns to Wrigley Field for the first time. Arrieta won’t pitch but his presence will be felt just like Dexter Fowler’s when he returned last year as a new member of the Cardinals.
Arrieta last pitched there on October 18th in the NLCS as he was cheered on walking off the field after a quality start with three hits and nine strikeouts. It was the perfect sendoff for Arrieta in what turned out to be his final start in the Cubbie Blue uniform.
This season, Arrieta is producing strong numbers with a 5-3 record, 2.66 ERA, and 1.17 WHIP in 10 starts. More recently, Arrieta has dominated with a 2-2 record and 2.10 ERA in his last five starts, three of them being quality starts. It’s safe to say his dominance has been missed by the Cubs this year. It’s just how things worked out.
Arrieta once again will not pitch in this series at Wrigley, starting the Phillies game on Sunday. He’s had a few extra days rest multiple times this season, leading him to be slated to pitch in the 2nd game after the Phillies visit Chicago. It’s probably not intentional, but Arrieta will get his chance at some point to face his former club on the field.
This three-game series and especially Tuesday’s opener will be a rejoice for Arrieta and the Cubs.
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