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How one baseball fan may have helped unleash the monster within Jake Arrieta

How one baseball fan may have helped unleash the monster within Jake Arrieta

Jake Arrieta has talked the talk for a while.

The Cubs ace has been confident in his abilities since well before he became the best pitcher in the universe.

Arrieta has talked and acted like a No. 1 starter from the moment he came to Chicago in the Scott Feldman trade back in July 2013 (despite a career 5.46 ERA to that point).

It was just a few months before that trade that Arrieta called his shot while responding to a despondent Orioles fan on Twitter:

Almost exactly three years later, Arrieta put the finishing touches on his second career no-hitter.

Call it cockiness. Call it arrogance. Call it whatever you want. 

He was right.

Arrieta's career changed once he came to the Cubs and they permitted him to get back to the comfort level that made him one of the most promising pitching prospects in the game.

But maybe Casey Williams can take a bit of credit Arrieta's turnaround. The numbers speak for themselves:

Worth noting: Arrieta had one more start in an Orioles uniform after that Tweet, where he gave up five earned runs on 10 hits in 4.2 innings. 

In 71 career starts with the Cubs, Arrieta is 40-13 with a 2.17 ERA and 0.922 WHIP, allowing only 313 hits in 468.1 innings.

Think it's safe to say all Cubs fans are toasting to Feldman right now for generating enough trade value to bring Arrieta in return:

Reds pitcher Amir Garrett apparently held a grudge against Javy Baez for a year

Reds pitcher Amir Garrett apparently held a grudge against Javy Baez for a year

Baseball players don't forget grudges. Javy Baez and Reds pitcher Amir Garrett gave an example of that on Saturday.

Garrett struck out Baez in the seventh inning of the first game of the Cubs-Reds doubleheader. Garrett showed some excitement with the strikeout and then said something to Baez. They both started jawing at each other and suddenly the benches cleared.

At first glance, it looked like Garrett was a bit too excited to get a strikeout with no one on base. Turns out Baez had his own bit of swag for Garrett last year (Friday was the one-year anniversary) in the form of a grand slam at Wrigley Field.

This time Garrett got Baez and wanted to even things up a bit.

Things didn't get too feisty despite the benches clearing, but Anthony Rizzo did rush to Baez's side at some speed. This could be a matchup to keep an eye out for in the future.

Cubs Talk Podcast: The greatest Cubs moments at Great American Ballpark

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Cubs Talk Podcast: The greatest Cubs moments at Great American Ballpark

Siera Santos, Kelly Crull, and David DeJesus go into the audio archives to break down the biggest games for the Cubs in Cincinnati.

David DeJesus gives us his top 3 ballgames with such gems as The Schwarber Game, The Kris Bryant Game, Starlin Castro’s debut, and Jake Arrieta’s second no hitter.

Listen to the full Cubs Talk Podcast right here: