I think I counted right.
There are 55 games left, which is 11 starts.
If he gets 8 more wins, Jake Arrieta could be the first Cub 20-game winner since Jon Lieber in 2008.
That year, Lieber had 11 wins before the All-Star break, 9 after.
Arrieta had 10 before.
So the odds are, you know, not great.
But not impossible at all.
IT IS FREAKING IMPOSSIBLE TO IMAGINE that the Cubs got Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop for Scott Feldman (currently 4-5 with Houston).
Seriously, how did that even happen, and where would the Cubs be this year without that bit of brilliance from the authors of The Cubs Way?
You could easily argue that the acquisition of Jake Arrieta sped up the Cubs' rebuild by a year or maybe even two.
And oh yeah, tonight he held the 2nd-Place-in-the-Central Pirates to zeero runs, 2 hits and 3 bbs over 7.
Cubs 5, Pirates nothin'.
What a great start to this particularly serious part of the season.