Jake Arrieta is making this Cy Young selection choice as tough as possible.
Jake Arrieta had another impressive outing on Tuesday against the Milwaukee Brewers as the Chicago Cubs ace threw a three-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts. With the victory, Jake locked in his 20th win, making him the first to log 20 wins this year.
Pretty impressive, right?
According to the Elias Sports Bureau research, he became the fifth Cubs pitcher in the past 100 years to be the first to 20 wins in all of baseball.
Another cool fact: Arrieta has now thrown at least eight innings and allowed no more than one earned run in each of his past five starts. The only pitchers with streaks of five consecutive starts of that kind over the past 25 years are Roger Clemens (five straight for the Toronto Blue Jays in 1997) and John Smoltz (five straight the the Atlanta Braves in 1992).
IF THAT WASN'T ENOUGH: Since the All-Star break, Arrieta has allowed nine earned runs in 94⅓ innings for an ERA of 0.86. Per Elias, he is on the verge of becoming the first pitcher in MLB history with a sub-1.00 ERA after the All-Star break with at least 13 starts.