We’re back on the road today – well, the clouds – so you can expect continued limited posting for one more day, and then it’s back to business as usual tomorrow. Actually, there’s a fair bit coming today, now that I think about it. Enjoy.
Until then, Bullets …
- Jake Arrieta’s Cy Young win last night was more convincing than I thought possible, with him receiving 17 of the 30 first place votes, and Zack Greinke netting just 10. Arrieta was first or second on all but two ballots, and Greinke was first or second on all but three. By the end of the season, I’d come to believe Arrieta deserved the award, but I wasn’t sure he’d win it.
- Arrieta becomes the first Cubs starter to win the Cy Young since Greg Maddux in 1992. More on the win, and on Arrieta’s thoughts from his killer season here at Cubs.com.
- The Arrieta win gave the Cubs a sweep on the three major awards for which they had a finalist (Cy Young, Rookie of the Year (Kris Bryant), and Manager of the Year (Joe Maddon)). That’s freaking awesome, and is completely in line with how fun this season was. No team has won three BBWAA awards like that since the stupidly loaded 2001 Mariners team.
- The Cubs will presumably be happy to pay it, since the attendant positive vibes are good for business, too, but this Cy Young win likely bumps up Arrieta’s arbitration projections for 2016 and 2017 a little bit. Hey: he earned it.
- A fun aside from the win:
Arrieta was asked about recruiting Greinke to Cubs by @BillShaikin. Short answer: "A phone call will likely be made. We'd love to have him."
— jon greenberg (@jon_greenberg) November 19, 2015
- See? I told you Greinke keeps coming up in Cubs rumors.
- Dallas Keuchel took home the Cy Young in the AL, and Daren Wilman provides this fantastic tidbit:
Arrieta had the lowest exit velocity against in the NL (84.89 MPH) and Keuchel in the AL (85.78).
— Daren Willman (@darenw) November 19, 2015
- Inducing soft contact seems to be a very real thing, and it appears – well, based on this data set of two – to be correlated with the observable statistical results after the fact.
- The win also provides a nice opportunity to remind folks that Arrieta threw a no-hitter this year, and then wore a mustache onesie to the post-game press conference.
- If you missed it last night, Phil Rogers said that Theo Epstein and Jeff Samardzija were hanging out.
- The Cubs are hiring … if you’re a super genius math and computers and pitching person.
- Cubs on Amazon: we’re out of this mode by three or four months now, but if we were still using pacifiers, we’d probably be sporting some stylish Cubs pacifier and pacifier clips. Right? RIGHT?!?