The Cubs closed out the home slate with a win, avoiding a sweep, and seriously dampening the Pirates’ hopes of winning the NL Central.
Jake Arrieta pitched to contact today – as he often does, despite the super stuff – and he was justified in doing so, giving up just four hits and two walks over six innings. Was it enough to lock up his presumptive rotation spot going into 2014? My early vote is: probably, but it depends on how the coaching staff works with him over the offseason (and what they think about that work).
And, hey, the game even finished up with Kevin Gregg being given a save opportunity.