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Man … at least the Blackhawks won last night, right?

I kid, of course, because Jake Arrieta no-hit the Cincinnati Reds! And, Brett was there to see it! Arrieta’s no-hitter was the first of the 2016 MLB season, the second of his career, and the second in his last eleven regular season games. Think about that for a second – eleven games, two no-hitters. We can say it jokingly, or half-heartedly, but Jake Arrieta is truly on another level right now, and he’s about as good as they come.

We have much more on Jake’s Special Night (x2) here.

As Brett recovers from attending pretty much the most exciting non-playoff-implication baseball game in the history of the sport – I’ll take you through some other Cubs-related bits …

  • … like David Ross, who also had a truly fantastic night. “My good offense gets overshadowed by a no-hitter,” Ross jokingly told reporters via ESPN Chicago, “I’m kind of mad at him [Arrieta].” Apart from calling the no-hitter (the first of his career), Ross finished the game 2-4 with a walk, a home run, three runs scored and a pick-off of Eugenio Suarez at first base. Obviously a majority of the credit for the no-hitter must go to Arrieta, but there’s no doubt that Ross’ defense, game calling, and pitch framing were a big help (and to think, he just randomly caught last night’s game to give Miguel Montero some rest). For some more on the no-hitter from David Ross’ perspective, check out this article at ESPN here. Ross is very happy to be a part of one just before he retired, and we should see him out there today, as Jon Lester takes the mound.


  • Also tangential to the no-hitter is the defense that surrounded Arrieta’s start. As Mark Sheldon writes, no no-no is complete without defensive gems, and last night was no exception. There was Ross’ pick-off, Anthony Rizzo’s diving play, Addison Russell’s double play (on a ball struck sharply up the middle), several line drives run down by Dexter Fowler, and Kris Bryant’s backhanded grab of a sharply hit ground ball in the third inning of the bat of Zack Cozart. Obviously, in the moment you couldn’t have known how important that play would ultimately become, but in hindsight it looks crucial.
  • And how about the night Kris Bryant had at the plate, as well? He went 4-6 with two home runs, raising his batting average up to .273. In fact, in just one night his slash line improved from .233/.303/.383 (.304 wOBA), to .273/.333/.500 (.361 wOBA).
  • But he wasn’t the only one last night. The Cubs collectively scored 16 runs on 18 hits (8 for extra bases), 6 walks, and 5 home runs. I was most encouraged to see Ben Zobrist have himself a night (3-5, 2B, HR, BB), because he hadn’t really found his groove yet. And, of course, Arrieta himself added two hits and a walk. Ah … well, not a moment after we acknowledge that the offense is human, they go and drop 16 runs on us. This season might not match the fun of 2015, but it’ll certainly surpass the insanity.


  • Ken Rosenthal tweets that the Cubs offense now has the third highest OBP (.351), well behind Pittsburgh’s enormous lead (.381), but only just behind Baltimore (.352):

  • But you already knew that the Cubs were good at getting on base. Instead, the reason I’m sharing that fact is to better highlight this new one:




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