How many times have you said, "Just watch, the Cubs'll let (insert name here) go to another team and he'll suddenly turn fantastic."
Every time I watch Jake Arrieta pitch, I gotta shake my head.
I gotta pinch myself.
This... doesn't happen to the Cubs.
Baltimore gave up on Arrieta and sent him and Pedro Strop to the Cubs for Scott Feldman and Steve Clevenger.
Of course, the Orioles thought they had a chance at the WS and Feldman looked like a piece that could help them get there.
And I thought well, no biggie losing Feldman - that's what he was for.
But I also thought Arrieta's been bouncing back and forth between triple A and the Bigs.
Probably a headcase.
How incorrect that thought was.
That guy has figured it out and we all know that the Cubs apparently have a real secret weapon in pitching coach Chris Bosio...
Arrieta went 7 and gave up no runs vs the Mets yesterday.
Shoulda been his 7th win, but no sweat - he pitched great and the Cubs still won.
His ERA is 2.61 and his curveball was unbelievable.
Starlin Castro made the awesome scoop and flip to Javier Baez for the big run-saving double play, and then Castro hit one out to right field, so he was The Man on Fire yesterday.
But Arrieta continues to amaze me.
And on Monday, an hour before lunchtime in Chicago, it'll be Other Amazing Young Pitcher Kyle Hendricks vs Bartolo Colon.