Jake Arrieta

Jacob Joseph Arrieta (born March 6, 1986) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago Cubs.

Arrieta played college baseball at Weatherford Junior College and at Texas Christian University (TCU). He was an All–American and was named Mountain West Conference Pitcher of the Year at TCU. The Orioles selected Arrieta in the fifth round of the 2007 MLB draft, and he signed a then record contract for a fifth round draft pick. He pitched for the United States national baseball team at the 2008 Summer Olympics, winning the bronze medal.

He made his big league debut for the Orioles in 2010, and after four seasons Arrieta was traded to the Cubs in 2013. In 2015, Arrieta led MLB in wins with 22, pitched a no-hitter, and won the 2015 National League Cy Young Award. In 2016, he was an NL All Star, threw his second no-hitter, was awarded a Silver Slugger Award, and won a World Series with the Cubs.

Prior to the start of the 2018 season, Arrieta signed a three-year, $75 million contract as a free agent with the Phillies.

Jake Arrieta
Jake Arrieta Phillies
Arrieta with the Phillies in 2018
Philadelphia Phillies – No. 49
Pitcher
Born: March 6, 1986 (age 33)
Farmington, Missouri
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 10, 2010, for the Baltimore Orioles
MLB statistics
(through July 14, 2019)
Win–loss record106–74
Earned run average3.70
Strikeouts1,295
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Amateur career

Arrieta was born in Farmington, Missouri, to Lou and Lynda Arrieta.[1] They moved to Texas four months after Arrieta was born, and he grew up in Plano, Texas, where he attended Plano East Senior High School.[1][2] He was 6–1 with a 1.61 ERA as a junior, and 5–4 with a 1.30 ERA as a senior.[3] As a high school senior he was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 31st round of the 2004 draft, but instead he chose to attend college.[4][5]

Arrieta attended Weatherford Junior College for his freshman year in 2005, posting a 6–2 win-loss record with a 3.43 ERA.[4] Following his freshman year, Arrieta was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 26th round of the 2005 Major League Baseball draft.[3]

Instead, he opted to transfer to Texas Christian University (TCU), where he played for the TCU Horned Frogs baseball team for his sophomore and junior seasons, and studied sport psychology.[4][6] During the summer of 2005, prior to enrolling at TCU, Arrieta participated in summer collegiate baseball with the McKinney Marshalls of the Texas Collegiate League, and posted a 4–3 record in 10 starts with a 1.87 ERA over ​62 23 innings pitched.[4] During his sophomore year in 2006, Arrieta led college baseball with 14 wins and had a 2.35 ERA over 19 appearances, and he had 111 strikeouts in 111 innings.[3][6] He won the Mountain West Conference Pitcher of the Year Award and was named a Second-Team College Baseball All-American after his sophomore year.[7]

in his junior year in 2007, he was 9–3 with a 3.01 ERA.[3] He was named First-team All-Mountain West in 2007.[3]

Arrieta first joined the United States national baseball team in 2006, and helped the team win the World University Baseball Championship in Cuba. He was 4–0 with 34 strikeouts and a 0.27 ERA—allowing just one earned run in 35 innings pitched over six starts for the team.[8] In his first start at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Arrieta pitched six innings and struck out seven in Team USA's 9–1 victory over the China national baseball team.[9]

Professional career

Draft and minors

Jake Arrieta on August 8, 2009, Futures at Fenway
Arrieta pitching for the Norfolk Tides in 2009

The Baltimore Orioles selected Arrieta in the fifth round of the 2007 Major League Baseball draft. He signed with the Orioles for a $1.1 million signing bonus, which at the time was the largest signing bonus for a fifth round draft pick.[10][11][12]

Arrieta made his professional debut in the Arizona Fall League with the Phoenix Desert Dogs in 2007. He posted 16 scoreless innings, while striking out 16 over 14 appearances, and helped lead the Desert Dogs to the Arizona League championship.[12][13]

Arrieta pitched to a 6–5 record with a 2.87 ERA and 120 strikeouts over 113 innings for the Frederick Keys of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League when his season ended in order to allow him to play for the USA Baseball team at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.[14][15]

Baltimore Orioles (2010–2013)

Jake Arrieta 2011
Arrieta pitching for the Orioles in 2011

Arrieta made his major league debut on June 10, 2010, against the New York Yankees at Camden Yards. He pitched six innings, giving up four hits and three runs, striking out six and earning the win.[16] For the 2010 season, he was 6–6 with a 4.66 ERA in ​100 13 innings.[17]

He won the home opener for the Orioles in 2011, and was the youngest opening day starting pitcher for the Orioles since Mike Mussina in 1994.[18] In 2011, he was 10–8 with a 5.05 ERA in ​113 13 innings.[17] Arrieta was again named the opening day starter for the Orioles in 2012. After starting the 2012 season 3–9 with an ERA of 6.13, Arrieta was demoted to Triple-A on July 6, 2012.[19]

Arrieta began the 2013 season with four starts for the Orioles posting a 1–1 record and a 6.63 ERA until being sent down to the Triple-A Norfolk Tides on April 22 after the Orioles recalled Alex Burnett.[20][21] He was recalled by the Orioles on May 18 and later optioned back down to Triple-A to make room for Kevin Gausman on May 23.[20][22] He was recalled again on June 14 and Gausman was optioned to Triple-A to make room on the roster for Arrieta.[23] In 2013 with Baltimore, he was 1–2 with a 7.23 ERA in ​23 23 innings.[17] Through four years with the Orioles, Arrieta posted a record of 20–25 and a 5.46 ERA in 358 innings.[24]

Chicago Cubs (2013–2017)

2013

On July 2, 2013, the Orioles traded Arrieta along with Pedro Strop to the Chicago Cubs for Scott Feldman and Steve Clevenger.[25] He was optioned to the Iowa Cubs of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League upon being acquired. After making 5 starts for Iowa, Arrieta was recalled to start Game 2 of a doubleheader against the Brewers on July 30. In his Chicago debut, he gave up 1 run in 6 innings, earning a no-decision in the 3–2 loss.[26] After the game, Arrieta was optioned to Iowa where he made two more starts before being recalled on August 14 to replace Carlos Villanueva in the rotation. He made eight more starts before the end of the season. In his nine starts with Chicago, he went 4–2 with a 3.66 ERA, striking out 37 in ​51 23 innings. In 30 games (29 starts) in 2013 including the minors, Arrieta went 12–9 with a 4.42 ERA, striking out 137 in ​154 23 innings.

2014

Arrieta took no-hitters into the seventh or eighth innings three times in the 2014 season.[27] On June 24, Arrieta retired the first 18 Reds in order, but the perfect game was broken up by Cincinnati's Billy Hamilton's leadoff double in the seventh. On June 30, against the Red Sox, Arrieta took a no-hitter into the 8th until Stephen Drew singled with two outs the inning.[28]

For the 2014 season, he posted a 10–5 record with a 2.53 ERA, and in ​156 23 innings he gave up 114 hits, walked 41, and struck out 167.[17] He came in 9th in voting for the National League Cy Young Award.[17]

2015

On July 12, 2015, Arrieta pitched a complete game victory over the Chicago White Sox at Wrigley Field, his second complete game of the season and the third of his major league career.[29][30] On August 20, Arrieta became the first MLB pitcher to win 15 games in the 2015 season.[31] Ten days later, Arrieta no-hit the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium for the 14th no-hitter in Cubs history. He struck out 12 batters, including all three batters he faced in both the first and ninth innings. Sandy Koufax had been the last pitcher to complete a no-hitter by striking out all three batters he faced in the ninth inning, doing so against the Cubs in his 1965 perfect game—a game also played at Dodger Stadium.[32] Arrieta was named the NL Player of the Week for August 24–30 and NL Pitcher of the Month for August with a 6–0 and a 0.43 ERA and the no-hitter. The right-hander held opposing hitters to a .130 batting average and a .196 on-base percentage in August and struck out 43 batters while walking just 10.[33][34] On September 22, Arrieta won his 20th game of the season, throwing a three-hitter against the Brewers.[35] With 11 more strikeouts in that 4–0 Cubs victory at Wrigley, he was the first MLB pitcher to win 20 games this season and had his fourth complete game and third shutout of the season.

After the 2015 All-Star break, he gave up 9 earned runs during 15 starts over ​107 13 innings for a 0.75 ERA, the lowest in MLB history in the second half.[36][37] On October 5, he was again named NL Pitcher of the Month for his 4–0 September record with a 0.45 ERA.[38]

For the season, Arrieta's 22–6 record and 1.77 ERA (second in the NL) made him only the fifth pitcher to win at least 22 games with no more than six losses and a sub-2.00 ERA since the earned run became an official stat in 1913.[39] Arrieta's 2015 season has been widely compared to Bob Gibson's 1968 season in which Gibson won the National League MVP and Cy Young Awards after posting a live-ball era record 1.12 ERA.[40][41][42] He led the majors in wins, complete games (4), and shutouts (3), and led the National League in hits per 9 innings pitched (5.895) and games started (33).[17] He also led the majors in lowest home runs per nine innings (0.39).[43] His .786 win-loss percentage and his 0.865 walks plus hits per innings pitched were second in the NL.[17]

Jake Arrieta does pushups
Jake Arrieta does pushups before his start in Game 2 of the 2015 NLCS

Arrieta started the 2015 National League Wild Card Game,[44] He pitched a complete-game shutout, striking out 11 batters and allowed only four hits to defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4–0.[45] He became the first pitcher to post a postseason shutout while striking out at least 10 batters and walking zero.[46] He is also the first pitcher to have more stolen bases than runs scored in a postseason game when he stole second base in the top of the 7th inning. Arrieta was the pitcher of record in the Game 2 loss of the 2015 National League Championship Series to the New York Mets.

Arrieta won the NL Cy Young Award to become the first Cubs pitcher to do so since Greg Maddux in 1992.[47] He was the fifth Cubs winner overall, also joining Fergie Jenkins (1971), Bruce Sutter (1979) and Rick Sutcliffe (1984).[48] He also came in sixth in the voting for 2015 NL Most Valuable Player Award.[17]

2016

Cubs starter Jake Arrieta delivers a pitch in the first inning of World Series Game 6. (30634554251)
Arrieta pitching in Game 6 of the 2016 World Series

On February 5, 2016, Arrieta and the Cubs agreed on a record arbitration deal worth $10.7 million 2016 salary, the largest one-year contract for a second-time arbitration eligible pitcher, topping David Price's $10.1 million salary in 2013.[49] The club chose him as the 2016 season Opening Day starting pitcher against the Angels on April 4.[50]

On April 21, Arrieta pitched his second career no-hitter and the 15th no-hitter in Cubs history against the Cincinnati Reds in a 16–0 blowout win. He walked four and struck out six.[51] Arrieta, who at the time of the no-hitter had not recorded a loss in his previous 17 regular-season starts, became only the second MLB pitcher ever to go unbeaten in regular-season play between no-hitters, with the only other being Johnny Vander Meer, who threw consecutive no-hitters in 1938.[52] The Arizona Diamondbacks defeated Arrieta and the Cubs 3–2 on June 5, even with 12 strikeouts in his first five innings, stopping a 20-game regular season winning streak and giving him his first loss in 11 months.[53]

In 2016, he was 18–8 with a 3.10 ERA (10th in the NL) in ​197 13 innings.[17] He led the league for the second consecutive year with 6.294 hits per 9 innings pitched, his 18 wins were third in the league, his .692 win-loss percentage was sixth, his 1.084 walks plus hits per innings pitched and 0.730 home runs per 9 innings pitched were seventh, his 190 strikeouts and ​197 13 innings pitched were eighth, and his 8.666 strikeouts per 9 innings pitched were tenth.[17] He won a Silver Slugger Award after batting .262/.304/.415 with 2 home runs and 7 RBIs in 65 at bats, and came in ninth in voting for the 2016 NL Cy Young Award.[17]

In Game 3 of the 2016 NLDS, Arrieta hit a three-run home run off of San Francisco Giants' pitcher Madison Bumgarner, the first time that a pitcher hit a home run off Bumgarner, which ended Bumgarner's consecutive playoff scoreless innings streak of over 24 innings. Arrieta won Game 2 and Game 6 of the 2016 World Series.[54] The Cubs won Game 7 of the series 8–7 in 10 innings, giving them their first World Series title after a 108-year drought.[55]

2017

On January 13, 2017, he agreed to a contract for the 2017 baseball season. He was NL Pitcher of the Month in August.[17]

In 2017, Arrieta made 30 starts with a 14–10 record and a 3.53 ERA (eighth in the National League) in ​168 13 innings.[17] He threw 14 wild pitches, tied for most in the National League, his 10 hit by pitch were 5th in the NL, and his 8.020 hits per 9 innings pitched and 1.218 walks plus hits per 9 innings pitched were tenth in the league.[17] The Cubs finished the season 92–70 and clinched another NL Central division title.

Arrieta started Game four of the 2017 NLDS and, after 90 pitches, left in the fourth inning trailing 1–0. The Cubs and Arrieta lost that game to the Washington Nationals but won Game Five and moved on to the 2017 NLCS. After three losses and facing elimination, Arrieta was the starter and winning pitcher in a Game Four victory against the Dodgers. After the Cubs season ended in a Game Five loss to the Dodgers, Arrieta declined the Cubs' $17.4 million qualifying offer and became a free agent for the first time in his career.[56]

Philadelphia Phillies (2018–present)

2018

On March 11, 2018, Arrieta agreed to a three-year, $75 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.[57] He tore cartilage in his left knee in June, but did not tell the front office and was 1-5 with a 6.35 ERA over his last nine starts.[58] For the season, he was 10–11 with a 3.96 ERA in ​172 23 innings.[17] He was second in the league in wild pitches (11), second among NL pitchers in errors (4), and third in the NL in salary ($30 million).[17] He had the highest ground ball percentage among National League pitchers (51.6%), and induced a career-high 22 ground ball double plays, tied for 6th-most in Major League Baseball.[59][60] For the fourth consecutive season he made 30 or more starts, one of seven ML pitchers to do so in that time period.[61] On defense, he had the lowest fielding percentage of all major league pitchers with 170 or more innings pitched, at .862.[62] After the 2018 season concluded, he was sixth of all active pitchers in career hits per 9 innings pitched (7.551).[17]

2019

In January 2019, he had an MRI on his injured left knee and a surgical procedure to clean up the meniscus in his knee.[58][63] On July 7, it was revealed that Arrieta had a bone spur in his right elbow.

Pitching style

Arrieta throws five different pitches. He throws a four-seam fastball, two-seam fastball, slider/cutter, curveball, and a changeup. His fastball averages around 93–94 mph, sometimes reaching upper-90s mph. He relies on ground balls and swinging strikes.[64] His slider averages 88 miles per hour (142 km/h) with late break peaking out at 92 miles per hour (148 km/h) and his curve sits at 80 miles per hour (130 km/h) with two-plane break.[65] His changeup has tailing motion like a two-seam fastball and ranges from 86 to 89 miles per hour (138 to 143 km/h).[66] Arrieta noticeably pitches across his body.

Personal life

Arrieta lives in Austin, Texas, during the offseason with his wife, Brittany, and their two children.[67] He is known as a "workout freak" and uses cross-training in his workouts.[68] Arrieta does pilates and incorporates kale juice, nuts, and fruits into his diet.[69][70][71] He is of Puerto Rican ancestry.[72] Arrieta served as a groomsman for former TCU teammate Matt Carpenter's wedding on December 10, 2011.[73]

In 2012, Arrieta appeared in the HBO television show Veep, alongside Orioles teammate Tommy Hunter.[74] In 2017, Arrieta appeared in an episode of Chicago Fire alongside Cubs teammate Kris Bryant.[75]

Accomplishments and awards

Award/Honor Date Ref
Major League Accomplishments & Awards
Chicago Cubs Opening Day starting pitcher April 4, 2016 [50]
National League Cy Young Award 2015 [48]
MLB Wins Leader 2015 [48]
Pitched a no-hitter August 30, 2015; April 21, 2016 [34]
National League Pitcher of the Month 2015 (August & September); 2016 (April); 2017 (August) [34][38]
National League Player of the Week 2015 (July 6–12, August 24–30, & September 21–27) [33]
Baltimore Orioles Opening Day starting pitcher April 5, 2012 [76]
Minor League Accomplishments & Awards
Eastern League Pitcher of the Week 2009 (May 18–24 & June 8–14) [77]
All-Star Futures Game 2008 [78]
Carolina League Pitcher of the Year 2008 [77]
Carolina League Postseason All-Star 2008 [77]
Carolina League Mid-Season All-Star 2008 [79]
Carolina League Pitcher of the Week 2008 (May 12–18 & May 26 – June 1) [77]
Arizona Fall League All-Prospect Team 2007 [77]
College Baseball Accomplishments & Awards
Baseball America Second-Team All-American 2006 [80]
NCBWA second-team All-American 2006 [81]
NCAA Division I baseball Wins leader 2006 [82]
Mountain West Conference Co-Pitcher of the Year 2006 [4]
First-team All-Mountain West 2006 & 2007 [4]
Mountain West Conference Pitcher of the Week 2006 (Feb. 13–19, May 8–14, May 22–28) [4]
Houston College Classic All-Tournament team 2006 [4]
Other
Best Breakthrough Athlete ESPY Award 2016 [83]

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2013 Chicago Cubs season

The 2013 Chicago Cubs season was the 142nd season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 138th in the National League and the 98th at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished fifth and last in the National League Central with a record of 66–96. The Cubs began the season on April 1 at the Pittsburgh Pirates and finished the season on September 29 at the St. Louis Cardinals.

The season marked the second year of the Cubs rebuild under President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein and General Manager Jed Hoyer which would result in the Cubs breaking their 108-year World Series drought and lead the Cubs to the 2016 World Series championship.

The season was the last season with the Cubs for manager Dale Sveum as he was fired following the season. The season was also the last season with the Cubs for slugger Alfonso Soriano who would be traded at the trade deadline.During the season, the Cubs drafted future Rookie of the Year, MVP, and All Star Kris Bryant with the second overall pick of the 2013 Draft. The Cubs would also acquire other players that would play important roles during their 2016 World Series season: Héctor Rondón was selected from the 2012 rule 5 draft from the Cleveland Indians on December 6, 2011, Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop were acquired via trade with the Baltimore Orioles on July 2, and Carl Edwards Jr. and Justin Grimm were acquired via trade with the Texas Rangers on July 22.

2015 Chicago Cubs season

The 2015 Chicago Cubs season was the 144th season for the franchise, the 140th in the National League and the 100th at Wrigley Field. They began the season on April 5, 2015 in a first-ever night game home opener against the St. Louis Cardinals at partially renovated Wrigley Field, and finished on October 4, 2015 on the road against the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Cubs finished the season with the third-best record in baseball (97–65) which was also the third-best in their division, finishing one game behind the Pittsburgh Pirates (98–64) and three games behind the division winner, the rival St. Louis Cardinals (100–62). As a result, they qualified for the second wild card spot for the 2015 postseason and defeated the Pirates in the 2015 National League Wild Card Game and faced the Cardinals in the Division Series. The Cubs defeated St. Louis in four games and advanced to play the New York Mets in the National League Championship Series. It was the Cubs' first appearance in the NLCS since 2003. However, they were swept in four games and were unable to make it to their first World Series since 1945, which they would do the next season.

In 2015, Forbes valued the Cubs at $1.8 billion, ranking them 17th out of all sports franchises in the world, and the fifth highest in all MLB. The Cubs attendance for the regular season was 2,959,812, up over 300,000 from the previous year.

2015 National League Championship Series

The 2015 National League Championship Series was a best-of-seven playoff contested between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets for the National League (NL) pennant and the right to play in the 2015 World Series. The Mets swept the Cubs four games to none for their fifth National League pennant in franchise history. The series was the 46th in league history with TBS airing all games in the United States. Game 1 was played on October 17.This was the first postseason meeting between the Mets and Cubs, and first NLCS in which the losing team never had a lead during a game. It was also the first since 2007 to end in a sweep and the third best-of-seven NLCS to do so (the other being in 1995).

The Mets would go on to lose to the Kansas City Royals in the World Series in five games.

2015 National League Wild Card Game

The 2015 National League Wild Card Game was a play-in game during Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2015 postseason played between the National League's (NL) two wild card teams, the Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates. In MLB, the two teams with the best record in each league who do not win a division play against each other in the Wild Card Game.The game was held at Pittsburgh's PNC Park on October 7, 2015. This was the third consecutive year that the NL Wild Card Game was played in Pittsburgh. This was the third consecutive postseason appearance for the Pirates, all of which came as a wild card qualifier, while the Cubs made the postseason for the first time since 2008. This was the first postseason meeting between the Cubs and the Pirates.

The Pirates and Cubs had finished with the second and third-best records in all of baseball during the 2015 season, with 98 and 97 wins respectively. However, since they were in the same division as the 100-win St. Louis Cardinals, they were slotted into the wild card game.

The Cubs won the game 4–0, and advanced to play the Cardinals in the NL Division Series.

2016 Chicago Cubs season

The 2016 Chicago Cubs season was the 145th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 141st in the National League and the Cubs' 101st season at Wrigley Field. To celebrate their 100 years at Wrigley, the Cubs wore a patch on their home uniforms and wore 1916 throwback uniforms on July 6.They began the season on April 4, 2016 at the Los Angeles Angels and finished the regular season on October 2, 2016 at the Cincinnati Reds. The Cubs finished with the best record in Major League Baseball and won their first National League Central title since the 2008 season, winning by 17½ games. The team also reached the 100-win mark for the first time since 1935 and won 103 total games, the most wins for the franchise since 1910.

The Cubs defeated the San Francisco Giants in the National League Division Series and returned to the National League Championship Series for the second year in a row, where they defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games.

The Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians in seven games in the 2016 World Series, their first appearance since the 1945 World Series and first win since the 1908 World Series. In the World Series, the Cubs came back from a three-games-to-one deficit, winning the final three games. The last time a team came back from a three-games-to-one deficit to win the World Series was the Kansas City Royals in 1985. The Cubs were also the first team to win Games 6 and 7 on the road in a World Series since the Pittsburgh Pirates had done so against the Baltimore Orioles in 1979. The World Series victory put an end to the so-called Curse of the Billy Goat and the longest World Series championship drought in history.

2016 World Series

The 2016 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2016 season. The 112th edition of the World Series, it was a best-of-seven playoff between the National League (NL) champion Chicago Cubs and the American League (AL) champion Cleveland Indians, the first meeting of those franchises in postseason history. The series was played between October 25 and November 2 (although Game 7 ended slightly after 12:00 am local time on November 3). The Indians had home-field advantage because the AL had won the 2016 All-Star Game. This was the final World Series to have home-field advantage determined by the All-Star Game results; since 2017, home-field advantage has been awarded to the team with the better record.

The Cubs defeated the Indians 4 games to 3 to win their first World Series since 1908. Game 7, an 8–7 victory in 10 innings, marked the fifth time that a Game 7 had gone into extra innings and the first since 1997 (which, coincidentally, the Indians also lost). It was also the first Game 7 to have a rain delay, which occurred as the tenth inning was about to start. The Cubs became the sixth team to come back from a 3-1 deficit to win a best-of-seven World Series, following the 1925 Pittsburgh Pirates, the 1958 New York Yankees, the 1968 Detroit Tigers, the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates, and the 1985 Kansas City Royals.

The Cubs, playing in their eleventh World Series and their first since 1945, won their third championship and first since 1908, ending the longest world championship drought in North American professional sports history. It was the Indians' sixth appearance in the World Series and their first since 1997, with their last Series win having come in 1948. The two teams entered their matchup as the two franchises with the longest World Series title droughts, a combined 174 years without a championship. Cleveland manager Terry Francona, who had previously won World Series titles with the Boston Red Sox in 2004 and 2007, fell short in his bid to become the third manager to win his first three trips to the Fall Classic, after Casey Stengel and Joe Torre.

2017 Chicago Cubs season

The 2017 Chicago Cubs season was the 146th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 142nd in the National League and the Cubs' 102nd season at Wrigley Field. The Cubs were the defending World Series champions, having defeated the Cleveland Indians in the 2016 World Series. The Cubs were managed by Joe Maddon, in his third year as Cubs manager, and played their home games at Wrigley Field as members of the National League Central Division.

The Cubs began the season on April 2, 2017 at the St. Louis Cardinals and finished the regular season October 1 at home against the Cincinnati Reds. The Cubs finished the season 92–70 in first place in the Central Division. With a win over the Cardinals on September 27, the Cubs won the division title for the second consecutive year.The Cubs defeated the Washington Nationals in the National League Division Series three games to two to advance to face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the League Championship Series in a rematch of the previous year's series. In the best of seven NLCS, the Cubs lost to the Dodgers four games to one.

2018 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 2018 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 136th season in the history of the franchise, its 15th season at Citizens Bank Park, and the 1st season with manager Gabe Kapler. They improved from their 66–96 season in 2017 by posting an 80–82 record, but missed the postseason for the seventh consecutive season. Kapler had the second-most wins among Phillies managers historically after 100 games (56), and under Kapler, the 2018 team improved its end-of-season won-lost record by 14 games.

2019 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 2019 Philadelphia Phillies season is the 137th season in the history of the franchise, and its 16th season at Citizens Bank Park.

Bad Company (song)

"Bad Company" is a song by the hard rock band Bad Company. It was released as the third single from their debut album Bad Company in 1974, although it did not chart (in America). Co-written by the group's lead singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke, the song's meaning comes from a book on Victorian morals. The song uses the same chords and piano figure as Joni Mitchell's song "Woodstock" from 1970.

Chicago Cubs award winners and league leaders

This is a list of award winners and league leaders for the Chicago Cubs professional baseball team.

Dana DeMuth

Dana Andrew DeMuth (born May 30, 1956) is an umpire in Major League Baseball.

Ken Holtzman

Kenneth Dale Holtzman (born November 3, 1945) is an American former Major League Baseball pitcher with the Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles and the New York Yankees who pitched from 1965 to 1979. He was a two-time All Star and a three-time World Series champion, all while with Oakland.

Holtzman was the only pitcher in the live-ball era to throw two no-hitters for the Cubs, until that feat was equaled by Jake Arrieta. Holtzman was also one of the principal pitchers on Oakland's championship teams from 1972 to 1974.

In 2007, Holtzman managed the Petach Tikva Pioneers in the Israel Baseball League.

List of Chicago Cubs no-hitters

The Chicago Cubs are a Major League Baseball franchise based in Chicago. They play in the National League Central division. Also known in their early years as the "Chicago White Stockings" (1876–89), "Chicago Colts" (1890–97), and "Chicago Orphans" (1898–1902), pitchers for the Cubs have thrown 15 no-hitters in franchise history. A no-hitter is officially recognized by Major League Baseball only "when a pitcher (or pitchers) allows no hits during the entire course of a game, which consists of at least nine innings". No-hitters of fewer than nine complete innings were previously recognized by the league as official; however, several rule alterations in 1991 changed the rule to its current form.No Cubs pitcher has yet pitched a perfect game. The closest performance came on September 2, 1972, when Milt Pappas lost his perfect game bid against the San Diego Padres with two outs in the ninth by allowing a walk to Larry Stahl on a 3–2 count; he retired the next batter to finish the no-hitter. During that at-bat, he was ahead of the batter with a 0–2 count before throwing four straight close pitches to allow the walk.

Larry Corcoran threw the first no-hitter in Cubs history on August 19, 1880; the most recent no-hitter was thrown by Jake Arrieta on April 21, 2016. Two left-handed pitchers have thrown no-hitters in franchise history while nine were by right-handers. Corcoran, Arrieta, and Ken Holtzman are the only pitchers in Cubs history to throw more than one no-hitter. Corcoran threw three and Arrieta and Holtzman threw two.

On July 31, 1910, King Cole of the Cubs pitched all seven innings in a 4–0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals, without giving up a hit. The second game of a doubleheader, the teams had agreed to end the game at 5 p.m. so they could catch their trains. Due to a 1991 change to the official MLB definition of a no-hitter—it must last at least nine innings—Cole's effort is not recognized by as a no-hitter by MLB and does not appear on the below list.Ten no-hitters were thrown at home and five on the road. Two occurred in April, two in May, two in June, one in July, five in August, and three in September. A different umpire presided over each of the franchise's 15 no-hitters. Nine different managers led the team during the franchise's 15 no-hitters.

The longest interval between no-hitters was between the games pitched by Jimmy Lavender and Sam Jones, encompassing 39 years, 8 months, and 12 days from August 31, 1915, until May 12, 1955. The shortest interval in days between no-hitters was between the games pitched by Burt Hooton and Milt Pappas, encompassing four months and sixteen days from April 16, 1972, until September 2, 1972. The shortest interval in games between no-hitters was between the games pitched by Jake Arrieta on August 30, 2015, and April 21, 2016, 49 regular-season games. (The Cubs also played nine postseason games in October 2015, between these two no-hitters.)Cubs pitchers have thrown two no-hitters against the Atlanta Braves and their predecessors – one by Corcoran in 1880 and one by Holtzman in 1969. They also threw two no-hitters against the Cincinnati Reds: Holtzman in 1971, Arrieta in 2016.

The Cubs have not allowed a run in any of their no-hitters. The most baserunners allowed in a no-hitter was seven each by Jones (in 1955) and Hooton (in 1972). Of the fifteen no-hitters, four have been won by a score of 4–0, more than any other score. The largest margin of victory in a no-hitter (and the largest margin of victory in an MLB no-hitter since 1900) was a 16–0 win by Arrieta in 2016. The smallest margin of victory was a 1–0 win by Holtzman in 1971.

In the 1990 film Taking Care of Business, the no-hitters thrown by Burt Hooton and Milt Pappas during the 1972 season are the subject of a radio trivia contest that sets up the film's plot, which features the Cubs playing in the World Series.

Major League Baseball Pitcher of the Month Award

The Pitcher of the Month award is a Major League Baseball award named by each league for each month of the regular season. The National League started recognizing the award in 1975. The American League followed in 1979. Upon the introduction of each league's award, pitchers became ineligible for the (position players') player of the month award.

Miguel Montero

Miguel Angel Montero Fernandez (born July 9, 1983) is a Venezuelan-American former professional baseball catcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs, Toronto Blue Jays, and Washington Nationals. Montero is a two-time MLB All-Star.

Pedro Strop

Pedro Ángel Strop (born June 13, 1985) is a Dominican professional baseball pitcher for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB). Strop made his MLB debut with the Texas Rangers in 2009. He also played for the Baltimore Orioles until 2013, when he and Jake Arrieta were traded to the Cubs for pitcher Scott Feldman and catcher Steve Clevenger.

Sinker (baseball)

In baseball, a sinker or sinking fastball is a type of fastball pitch which has significant downward and horizontal movement and is known for inducing ground balls. Pitchers who use the sinker tend to rely on it heavily and do not need to change pitch speeds as much as other pitchers do because the sinking action induces weak bat contact. Other pitchers normally change pitch speeds to achieve this effect. The sinker is much more often used by right-handed than left-handed pitchers.

Two-seam fastball

A two-seam fastball is a pitch in baseball and a variant of the straight fastball. The pitch has the speed of a fastball and can also include late breaking action caused by varying the pressure of the index and middle fingers on the ball.

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