Earlier in the year, it seemed like Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke had the National League Cy Young award locked up.
Cubs ace Jake Arrieta is giving Greinke a run at his money.
Arrieta tossed a three-hit shutout over the Milwaukee Brewers last night, striking out 11 Brewers hitters in the Cubs 4-0 win. The shutout gave Arrieta his 4th complete game this season, and his third shutout in addition to his 20th win.
Arrieta is now 10-1 following the all-star break with a low earned run average of 0.86.
“I know the results have been good,” Arrieta said following the game. “But I don’t dwell on it for too long because [Wednesday] I’m getting ready for Pittsburgh. At the end of the day, the body of work has been good. It’s been what my team has needed. I’m fortunate enough to be in situations where the team’s scoring runs, I’m pitching well and the wins add up. It’s one of those things that doesn’t happen often, but you try to appreciate it when [it does].”
The 29-year-old is now 20-6 on the year with a 1.88 earned run average and 220 strikeouts over 216 innings pitched. He is slated to start the National League wild card game versus the Pirates and their ace, Gerrit Cole.