Arrieta agreed to a one-year, $15.6375 million deal with the Cubs on Friday, avoiding arbitration, FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports. This is a monster number for Arrieta, but given his performance over the past three seasons, he would have had quite a compelling argument had his case gone to an arbiter. He makes for a low-end SP1 or high-end SP2 in fantasy leagues this season.
Arrieta is scheduled to start Game 2 of the Cubs' World Series matchup with the Indians, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports. Arrieta had been lining up behind Kyle Hendricks through most of the postseason, but given the fact that Hendricks pitched Chicago's final NLCS game against the Dodgers, manager Joe Maddon decided to hand the ball to Arrieta in Game 2. The 30-year-old is expected to face Trevor Bauer at Progressive Field during Wednesday's tilt.
Manager Joe Maddon announced that Arrieta will start Game 3 of the NLDS, Jesse Rogers of ESPN reports. Arrieta was once again a rock for the Cubs this year, although his last few starts were a bit lackluster (4.60 ERA in his last five starts). Nonetheless, the right-hander will be tasked with a road assignment against either the Mets or the Giants on Monday as he looks to bounce back from his rough conclusion to the regular season.
Arrieta (18-8) was the losing pitcher in Wednesday's 8-4 loss to Pittsburgh, surrendering seven runs (all earned) on 10 hits while walking two and striking out four over five innings. Arrieta entered his final start with a 2.87 ERA, but Pittsburgh, primarily at the hands of John Jaso, left a dent -- and likely a sour taste in the NL Cy Young Award winner's mouth -- as the club tagged him for seven runs on 10 hits (both season highs) and lifted the healthy mark to 3.10 for the season.
Arrieta (18-7) mowed down 10 Cardinals over seven innings of five-hit scoreless ball in Friday's 5-0 victory. He also issued a walk. The veteran completely mystified a Cardinals team that has been tough on righties all season, hurling 68 of 99 pitches for strikes and inducing 22 swinging strikes overall. Arrieta was able to notch double-digit strikeouts for the first time since June 17 while also posting his eighth scoreless effort of the season. The outing was an encouraging departure from the 16 runs (14 earned) that the right-hander had given up over his previous four starts. He'll look to head into the postseason with even more momentum when he takes on the Pirates next Wednesday in his final regular-season start.