Why Jake Arrieta absolutely loved seeing the Giants-Nationals brawl

Why Jake Arrieta absolutely loved seeing the Giants-Nationals brawl

Count Jake Arrieta among the fans of baseball brawls.

Namely, the San Francisco Giants-Washington Nationals scrap this week as Bryce Harper and Hunter Strickland rang in Memorial Day by punching each other's faces.

[RELATED - Kris Bryant's reaction to the Bryce Harper brawl]

Some baseball fans and media have been scolding the two players and teams for brawling, but Arrieta has a completely different stance.

"I thought it was awesome," Arrieta said Tuesday on 670 The Score. "Every once in a while, it's refreshing to see two teams emotionally charged getting after it. And when something like that happens vs. continuing to chirp about it, why don't you go out there and see somebody?"

The brawl was not without casualties, however, as Harper was suspended for four games and Strickland for six. Giants first baseman/outfielder Michael Morse also hit the disabled list with a concussion suffered when he and Jeff Samardzija ran into each other in the midst of the brawl:

"I'm pretty sure Harper was lucky that they collided because Samardzija was coming in to do some damage," Arrieta said of his former teammate

Arrieta actually said he's all for brawls in baseball and would rather see two guys come to blows than just stand there and "chirp" at each other.

The 31-year-old pitcher has never had a hitter charge him on the mound, but if it did happen, he actually would prefer if his teammates stayed out of things for a moment or two.

"If it's my catcher, I want him to wait and give me an opportunity to do a little damage," Arrieta said. "I don't want it broken up right away. If it happens, I'll let you know. I'll be ready. You know, I like my chances toe to toe with just about anybody.

"I know Willson [Contreras] would probably beat whoever charges the mound to the mound, but I'll tell him and Miggy [Montero], 'Hey, give me 10-15 seconds to get some work in and then come out and see me."

Arrieta stands 6-foot-4 with 225 pounds of pure muscle as one of the most well-conditioned athletes in the world. I would not be betting against him if any hitter decided to "come out and see him" on the mound.

Cubs Talk Podcast: Jed Hoyer breaks down Cubs renovated pitching staff


Cubs Talk Podcast: Jed Hoyer breaks down Cubs renovated pitching staff

Between more power in the rotation and more strike-throwing in the bullpen, the Cubs were decisive in how they wanted to remake their pitching staff entering the 2018 season.

GM Jed Hoyer sits down with David Kaplan to explain the thought process of the front office over the winter.

Take a listen here or in the embedded player below. 

Where does the Cubs lineup rank in MLB?


Where does the Cubs lineup rank in MLB?

It's that time of the year — a week out from Opening Day where all the predictions and rankings come through.

The latest coming through the baseball world is's Anthony Castrovince creating a list of the Top 10 lineups in baseball in 2018.

The Cubs come up lower than I expected — sitting sixth.

Here are Castrovince's rankings:

1. Houston Astros
2. New York Yankees
3. Washington Nationals
4. Boston Red Sox
5. Cleveland Indians
6. Chicago Cubs
7. Los Angeles Dodgers
8. Minnesota Twins
9. St. Louis Cardinals
10. Oakland A's

We broke down our own rankings of the Top 10 lineups in Major League Baseball:

Here's how I would rank the top lineups:

1. Houston Astros
2. Washington Nationals
3. Chicago Cubs
4. New York Yankees
5. Cleveland Indians
6. Boston Red Sox
7. Arizona Diamondbacks
8. Milwaukee Brewers
9. St. Louis Cardinals
10. Minnesota Twins

The Astros should be atop everybody's list.

The Nationals may actually be an underrated powerhouse offense, even with Daniel Murphy currently injured. Once he returns, you're looking at probably the best 1-6 of any lineup in baseball with Adam Eaton and Trea Turner (two premier leadoff-type hitters) setting the table for Bryce Harper, Anthony Rendon and Murphy (three MVP candidates) and Ryan Zimmerman cleaning things up.

The Cubs may not have the sheer strength and power of the Yankees, but the Chicago lineup is deeper and more well-rounded. Regardless of who leads off and who plays on a given day, this Cubs team will batter opposing pitchers on a nightly basis and feature what very well could be three MVP candidates — Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras.

The Yankees would see a boost here if Brett Gardner shows no signs of aging at 34 and Greg Bird finally stays healthy.

The Indians are stacked, but don't quite boast as much depth 1-9 as the other lineups ahead of them with Tyler Naquin, Roberto Perez and Bradley Zimmer projected to make up the bottom-third of the order.

The Red Sox feature a dynamic young core despite a lineup that is coming off something of a down 2017 campaing. Adding J.D. Martinez to the mix is an incredible boost, as is a full season of phenom Rafael Devers.

The Diamondbacks have Paul Goldschmidt and a few question marks — including how the new humidor will affect the way the ball jumps in the dry Arizona heat. 

With new additions like Lorenzo Cain and former Marlins outfielders Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna, the Cubs' main division rivals (Brewers, Cardinals) see a jump in lineup rankings.

The Dodgers are noticably absent given the injury to Justin Turner. Without him anchoring the order for the first month or so, this lineup absolutely needs Chris Taylor to turn in a repeat performance after a breakout 2017.