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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:

Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

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Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, David Kaplan, Kelly Crull, Luke Stuckmeyer and Tony Andracki discuss the comments Chili Davis made after being fired as Cubs hitting coach, ask if the Cubs struggles on offense were Davis' fault or the players and what Anthony Iapoce will be walking into as he tries to gets the team back on track a the plate.

 

Listen to the entire podcast here, or in the embedded player below:

 

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

The changing of the guard continues for the Cubs this offseason. 

After the team hired a new hitting coach yesterday, it was reported today that they're losing a front office member: 

Rehman, who has been with the Cubs in the same position for the last seven years, will reportedly head up the Rangers' analytics department. According to the Chicago Tribune, Rehman's role was " evaluating existing systems, and recognizing and applying solutions in an effort to create competitive advantages for the organization." 

All reports indicate that he'll be doing similar analytic-based work with the Rangers.