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: