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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.”

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.