Arrieta was named the National League Cy Young Award winner by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Wednesday, MLB.com reports. Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke both had a case, but Arrieta walks away with his first career Cy Young award after finishing ninth in the NL vote in 2014. The honor is well deserved for Arrieta, who led the league in wins (22) and complete games (4), and finished second in innings pitched (229), ERA (1.77) and WHIP (0.86). Arrieta was also exceptional at keeping the ball in the yard, allowing just 10 homers thanks to a 22.8 percent flyball rate (third-lowest in NL).
Arrieta will start Game 2 of the NLCS, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. Arrieta was unusually average against the Cardinals in Game 3 of the NLDS. Arguably the front-runner for the Cy Young award, the 29-year-old uncharacteristically gave up four runs on five hits and two walks while striking out nine batters in 5.2 innings. Still, Arrieta was able to pick up the win as the Cubs were able to hit six home runs in the contest. While it's unlikely he will get that type of run support again with either the Mets or Dodgers set to play Chicago in the NLDS, his incredible hot streak on the mound should make him a must play most nights.
Jon Lester will start Game 1 of the National League Championship Series for the Cubs, reports Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune. Jake Arrieta will not get the opening nod Saturday against the winner of the Dodgers-Mets series. He will take the mound in Game 2 instead.
Arrieta will start Game 3 of NLDS, ESPN's Jesse Rogers reports. After a masterful Wildcard performance, Arrieta will get a bit of time off until he has to pitch again. He will most likely face Michael Wacca in a pivotal Game 3 matchup on Monday.
Arrieta tossed a complete game shutout in the Wild Card game win over Pittsburgh on Wednesday night. The Cubs plated a run against Gerrit Cole in the top of the first inning, and that turned out to be all of the support that Arrieta needed Wednesday. He finished the game with 11 strikeouts and did not walk a batter, while scattering four hits in the outing and benefitting from the handful of Bucs' hard-hit balls finding the defenders behind him.