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Arrieta’s Home Scoreless Streak Ends at Wrigley-Record 52.2 Innings

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta witnessed his home scoreless streak come to an end at 52.2 innings when he surrendered an RBI double to Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Alex Presley in the fifth inning of Thursday's eventual 7-2 Cubs victory, per Sportsnet Stats. Arrieta's streak, unsurprisingly, is the longest of its kind by any Cubs pitcher in Wrigley Field history.  Although Presley's RBI double was the only earned run charged to Arrieta on Thursday, the Cubs ace did walk four Brewers and allow three hits en route to his league-leading fifth win of the 2016 season. Last year, he posted a 22-6 record to go ...

Jake Arrieta Contract: Latest News, Rumors on Negotiations with Cubs

April 29, 2016 by Adam Wells · Leave a Comment 

Coming off a National League Cy Young Award in 2015 and a dazzling start this season, Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta is seeking big money and a long-term contract from the team that helped him reinvent his career.   Continue for updates.  Cubs, Arrieta Far Apart in Contract Talks Friday, April 29 Per MLB Network's Jon Heyman, Arrieta is seeking a seven-year deal, and the Cubs are currently offering four years, with "no optimism" that a deal gets done soon.  Arrieta has been nearly unhittable since the 2015 All-Star break. He had a 0.75 ERA, 55 hits allowed and 113 strikeouts in 107.1 innings in ...

Kris Bryant Injury: Updates on Cubs Star’s Ankle and Return

April 28, 2016 by Matt Fitzgerald · Leave a Comment 

Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant missed one game after leaving the field during the Cubs' April 28 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers after suffering a mild sprained right ankle while running the bases in the third inning. However, he's ready to return. Continue for updates. Bryant Active vs. Braves Sunday, May 1 Bruce Levine of WSCR in Chicago reported Bryant will bat third and play left field against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday. Bryant One of the Top Stars Leading 1st-Place Cubs   Bryant is hitting .289 with four home runs, 15 RBI and a .372 OBP for the first-place Cubs (17-5).  The 24-year-old had a hot 2015 spring ...

Jake Arrieta’s Home Scoreless-Innings Streak Snapped vs. Brewers

April 28, 2016 by Tim Daniels · Leave a Comment 

Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta gave up an earned run in the fifth inning of his start against the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday, which ended his scoreless streak inside the friendly confines of Wrigley Field at 52.2 innings. The Cubs passed along word of the remarkable run on their official Twitter feed and noted Elias Sports Bureau research showed it was the second-longest home scoreless-innings streak in MLB history.   Milwaukee ended the streak with what started as a routine inning. Yadiel Rivera struck out, and Hernan Perez grounded out to begin the fifth after four scoreless frames from Arrieta. But then ...

Miguel Montero Injury: Updates on Cubs Catcher’s Back and Return

April 28, 2016 by Adam Wells · Leave a Comment 

The Chicago Cubs' title aspirations have hit an early speed bump this season with catcher Miguel Montero battling an injury to his back.  Continue for updates.  Montero Placed on DL Thursday, April 28 Per Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, the Cubs placed Montero on the disabled list and called up Tim Federowicz to take his place.  Montero sat out Chicago's game on Tuesday against the Milwaukee Brewers with back stiffness.  After being acquired by the Cubs prior to last season, Montero had a strong bounce-back campaign with a .248/.345/.409 slash line in 113 games.  As good as Montero was with the bat in 2015, though, his real effect was ...

Jake Arrieta Comments on Steroid Allegations, Future with Cubs and More

April 26, 2016 by Alec Nathan · Leave a Comment 

Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta has throttled into a sphere of superstardom following a few mundane seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, but the 2015 National League Cy Young Award winner is sick of anonymous claims that he's been aided by the use of performance-enhancing drugs.     In an interview with USA Today's Bob Nightengale published Tuesday, Arrieta said he's heard the criticism lobbed his way ever since he started fanning batters like one of the league's best.  "I've heard players, and I’m talking about some of the best players in the league, question whether I’ve taken steroids or not," Arrieta said. "Some of the things ...

Anthony Rizzo Looks Primed for Career Power Year with April HR Barrage

April 24, 2016 by Jacob Shafer · Leave a Comment 

After pounding the Cincinnati Reds 9-0 Sunday, the Chicago Cubs have now scored 38 runs in their last four games. So, naturally, there's offensive optimism aplenty for Chicago. Lob a dart at the lineup card and, chances are, you'll hit a guy swinging at least a moderately hot stick. One Chicago hitter, though, is making a particularly compelling case at the plate: First baseman Anthony Rizzo, who clubbed a pair of home runs in Sunday's rout and appears primed for a career power binge. Here is one of his most recent bombs, courtesy of MLB's official Twitter feed: Rizzo has smacked five home runs ...

Cold Hard Fact for Friday, April 22, 2016

April 22, 2016 by Daily Facts · Leave a Comment 

Fact: Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta is the second pitcher all-time to throw multiple no-hitters without suffering a loss in between them. Bleacher Report will be bringing sports fans the most interesting and engaging Cold Hard Fact of the day, presented by Coors Light. Source: ESPN Stats & InfoRead more Chicago Cubs news on BleacherReport.com

Cubs’ Arrieta Throws 2nd No-Hitter in Span of 11 Starts

Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta tossed a no-hitter in Thursday's 16-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds, becoming just the second player ever to throw a pair of no-hitters without taking any losses in the time between, per ESPN Stats & Info. Arrieta's other no-no occurred Aug. 30 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, helping him eventually take home National League Cy Young honors last season. He made just nine regular-season starts between the two historic outings, which trails only Johnny Vander Meer (zero) and Warren Spahn (five) for fewest starts separating two no-hitters. Vander Meer, of course, is the only pitcher besides Arrieta to ...

Jake Arrieta’s 2nd Career No-No Cements His Status as Baseball’s Best Pitcher

April 22, 2016 by Jacob Shafer · Leave a Comment 

There were doubters—critics and naysayers who said Jake Arrieta was destined for regression after his otherworldly 2015 campaign. Instead, the Chicago Cubs right-hander and reigning National League Cy Young Award winner has blasted deeper into the stratosphere. On Thursday in Cincinnati, Arrieta defined dominant, twirling a no-hitter for the second straight season in a 16-0 Cubs drubbing of the Cincinnati Reds. In the process of hammering down those 27 historic outs, he cemented his status as baseball's best pitcher. In fact, USA Today's Bob Nightengale made that bold-but-true assertion before the feat was even complete: No, the Reds aren't an offensive juggernaut. But they've got ...

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