Arrieta (12-4) allowed just one run over seven innings in a no-decision Tuesday against the Mets. He allowed five hits and one walk while striking out eight. Arrieta was the better part of a pitcher's duel with Noah Syndergaard, but the Cubs couldn't capitalize on their ace's performance. He through 63 of his 85 pitches for strikes while issuing no more than one free pass for the seventh time this season. Owners can exhale now that Arrieta returned to form after an ugly three-game stretch in which he posted a hideous 8.27 ERA. The NL's reigning Cy Young winner will take the hill next in Milwaukee on Monday.
Arrieta will make his first second-half start Tuesday against the Mets, Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago reports. Arrieta struggled over his final three starts of the first half, so manager Joe Maddon will give him as much rest as possible out of the All-Star break, and use his other four starters before handing Arrieta the ball Tuesday. The Mets tagged Arrieta for four earned runs over 5.1 innings last time the two faced off July 2.
Arrieta gave up six runs on nine hits over six innings in a loss to the Pirates on Friday. While you can't complain about a 12-4 record, 121 strikeouts, and a 2.68 ERA, Arrieta limped into the All-Star break, failing to throw a quality start in any of his last four outings. Over that span, he was 1-3 and gave up 17 runs (16 earned) in 21.1 innings. His 20:12 K:BB during those starts highlights how the free passes have been an issue for him this season. Though he'll probably pitch Tuesday night in the All-Star Game, it looks like he could use a break.
Arrieta (12-3) turned in his second straight subpar start, allowing four runs on eight hits, struck out four and walked two in a loss to the Mets on Saturday. He gave up a two-run homer, the second bomb opponents have hit against Arrieta in the last two starts, and then a two-run single in the fourth. No doubt, Arrieta has spoiled us over the last year and a half, but he's 3-3 with a 4.05 ERA over his last six starts. He's only made it through the sixth twice during that stretch, as control and pitch count have been a real problem. He's walked 21 batters in his last 40.1 innings after he yielded 21 free passes in his first 68 innings. Arrieta has also allowed nine runs and 12 hits with seven walks in his last 10.1 innings. He will try to get right Friday against the Pirates, who he has just tormented since last September.
Arreita (12-2) earned the win despite allowing five runs in five innings against the Reds on Monday. He gave up four hits and walked five while striking out four. The five runs allowed were the most by Arrieta all season, as were his five walks. Arrieta has now surrendered nine walks in his last two games, over which he has lasted just 10 innings. Despite his recent hiccups, Arrieta should bounce back in short order. His next start will come Saturday against the Mets.