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Jake Arrieta OK with Terry Collins starting Johnny Cueto in All-Star Game

Jake Arrieta OK with Terry Collins starting Johnny Cueto in All-Star Game

SAN DIEGO — Jake Arrieta has no qualms with Terry Collins’ decision to make Johnny Cueto the National League’s starting pitcher in the All-Star Game.

Had he pitched better of late, the Cubs ace said Monday he thinks he would might have deserved the nod when the NL faces the American League at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Petco Park. But given his recent performance, Arrieta thinks the Mets manager made the right call in tabbing Cueto as his starter.

“I wouldn’t say it’s a disappointment,” Arrieta said. “I’m realistic. My last three starts were poor.

“Cueto has been terrific, and if I take care of business the last three I probably start. But he’s very well-deserving, and Collins had a tough decision to make and he made a good one.”

It would be hard to argue against it had Collins chosen to start Arrieta.

Through 18 starts, the 2015 NL Cy Young winner has thrown a no-hitter and he’s 12-4 with a 2.68 ERA. But Arrieta also has struggled in his last three turns, producing an 8.27 ERA with 15 earned runs allowed in 16 1/3 innings.

Cueto enters the break 13-1 with a 2.47 ERA and a major league leading four complete games and 131 1/3 innings. Collins said his decision was in part influenced by Cueto’s brilliant, complete-game victory in Game 2 of the 2015 World Series for the Kansas City Royals over the Mets.

“We had a tremendous group of starting pitchers in the National League this year,” Collins said. “When we were sitting and talking about who we might start in the All-Star Game we had five very, very qualified guys, and as it got closer and closer and closer he just continued to dominate the league, so I thought he was the right choice.”

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: