Three days and three articles about Jake Arrieta. I suppose that’s what happens when you’re the reigning Cy Young winner and you throw two no-hitters in just eleven regular season starts.
First, we discussed Jake Arrieta winning player of the week, his time spent in Baltimore and the superstitions of a bullpen during a no-hitter.
And finally, today, I’m here to share a Question and Answer session Arrieta participated in. At ESPN, Morty Ain sat down with Jake Arrieta to discuss a variety of topics surrounding his philosophy on pitching, the World Series, the Cubs and much more.
You can find the full, must-read article here, but I wanted to point out just a few things that really stuck out to me.
Arrieta reiterates that his struggles in Baltimore – and more specifically, as he was trying to become a big league-caliber pitcher at AAA – were due in large part to coaches trying to make him pitch like someone he wasn’t. Although he’s positive that they were genuinely trying to help, he mentions that his delivery was so unnatural that he felt more uncomfortable on the mound than he ever did in his career. When he was traded to the Cubs, then, he was able to revert to his usual delivery and the results followed quickly thereafter.
Arrieta also discusses his offseason routine, when he “really put[s his] body to the test.” No kidding. According to Arrieta, he’ll do about an hour of cardio on a stair master, before continuing his workout and working on pitching, to better replicate the late inning situations where his nervous energy is heightened and his body isn’t where it needs to be. Even so, flexibility is Arrieta’s number one asset. Two years ago, he set a goal to do the splits, and two years later he’s able to do it (he says he’s not ready for the Jean-Claude Van Damme chair splits yet, though … but there’s video suggestion he’s close).
Lastly (well, that I’ll be sharing, there’s plenty more in the article), Arrieta discusses the prospect of bringing a World Series to Chicago. “We’ve shown that we can compete and we can get to the postseason; now we’re hungry for that World Series championship.” He later adds that the team is well aware of the pressure, the history, but that it doesn’t affect them. They’re confident, they know they have the right guys and they’re ready for the challenge.
“I can picture it,” he says about a World Series celebration in Chicago. So can we, Jake. So can we.