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Not only did he record his first complete game and shutout, but he threw a one-hitter, setting a career high with 13 strikeouts. It was a start even better than any of those he had in June, and he did against the same Reds team that beat him up for six earned runs in four inning back on Aug. 28 -- one of two ugly starts that served to inflate his ERA during that 12-start stretch.
The 28-year-old right-hander has maintained his velocity throughout and, apart from a trio of three-walk games at the beginning of July, hasn't encountered any of his past control issues. And for all his strikeouts, he has one of the lowest home run rates in the majors, making him the best of both worlds as far as quality pitchers -- a groundballer who won't give up a bunch of cheap singles pitching to contact.
In other words, he checks off every box on the list.
The one exception, of course, is durability. Until he goes 200 innings, you have reason to wonder if he can. But once all the established aces go off the board, Arrieta will rank as high as any pitcher in 2015. Top 25 seems like a lock.
Arrieta (9-5) tossed 7 1/3 no-hit innings before Brandon Phillips broke through for a double in the eighth, but the starter was able to buckle down and strike out three of the final five batters he faced to preserve his first career complete game and shutout. Arrieta owns a 2.65 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 157:40 K:BB ratio in 149 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Cardinals next Tuesday in what will likely be his final start of the season.
Arrieta allowed a run on a single in the fifth inning, and he was responsible for one of the runners on base in the seventh when Jose Bautista smacked a three-run double. He's mixed in excellent results with a couple of stinkers over the last few months and owns a 2.82 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 144:39 K:BB ratio in 140 2/3 innings. Arrieta is scheduled to face the Reds next Tuesday.
Arrieta allowed one run on five hits over six innings. He struck out four and walked two during the outing. Arrieta gave up his only run in the third inning. With one out, Arrieta gave up three straight singles, including a run-scoring hit. He settled in at that point, not giving up another hit until the sixth inning. While he put two men on during the inning, Arrieta was able to get out of it without surrendering any additional runs.
With the win, Arrieta improved to 8-5. He'll take on the Blue Jays in his next start.
Arrieta, who had allowed two or fewer runs in five of his previous six starts, was tagged for six before being chased after four innings of work this time around. He allowed six hits and walked four batters, though he also struck out eight on 96 pitches in the loss.
Arrieta's ERA rose a quarter of a run with Thursday's outing, though it still stands at a very respectable 2.88 through 128 1/3 innings. He carries a 7-5 record into his next start, set for Tuesday against the Brewers.
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