Perhaps it’s a guilty pleasure but I admit to feeling some joy when some former Orioles underperform after leaving Baltimore. Often, it’s for no good reason other than they are no longer wearing the orange and black. Yet, I still have an affinity for others. Either way, it’s always fun to see how one-time Birds are doing after flying the coop.
The following stats are accurate through Wednesday, May 17:
4-3; 44.2 innings; 5.44 ERA; 1.455 WHIP; -0.6 WAR
We know this story all too well. Arrieta won the Cy Young in 2015 and last year helped lead the Chicago Cubs to their first World Series championship since 1908. Oriole fans had to suffer through constant reminders of the lopsided trade that sent him to the Cubs for veteran pitcher Scott Feldman in a failed attempt for a postseason run.
Feldman pitched poorly for the Orioles (5-6; 4.27 ERA), and the team didn’t sniff the playoffs that year. And after Arrieta struggled to transfer his skills to the mound for parts of four seasons in Baltimore, he finally harnessed his potential in Chicago.
And it didn’t take long. Arrieta went 4-2 in nine starts with the Cubs in 2013 with a 3.66 ERA and a 1.123 WHIP. Feeling more comfortable with his new pitching coaches, Arrieta continued his elite status, winning ten games with a 2.53 ERA in 2014 before earning the top pitcher award in 2015 with a 22-6 record and 1.77 ERA.
But after another solid season last year (18-8; 3.10 ERA), Arrieta has seemed to lose his mojo in 2017. Through eight starts his ERA is an unhealthy 5.44 and his WHIP is 1.455. He is still posting strong strikeout numbers – nearly 10 per nine innings – but it’s the home runs that are hurting him. The eight …
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