Jake Arrieta wrapped up his incredible season Friday night at Miller Park with six shutout innings and his 22nd victory of the year. Arrieta allowed two hits and faced three over the minimum in the Cubs 95th win of the season.
The Cubs went 25-8 in Jake Arrieta’s 33 starts.
Jake Arrieta finished the regular season 22-6 in 33 starts with a 1.77 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 2.35 FIP. Arrieta allowed 52 runs, 45 earned runs, on 150 hits (10 home runs) with 48 walks and 236 strikeouts in 229 innings. Arrieta is the first Cubs pitcher to win 22 games in a single season since Ferguson Jenkins went 24-13 in 1971.
Arrieta set the Major League record with a 0.75 ERA in the second half and his 1.77 ERA is the lowest by a Cubs starting pitcher since Grover Cleveland Alexander’s 1.72 ERA in 1919. And Arrieta is the first Cubs pitcher with 200 or more strikeouts and 10 or fewer home runs allowed since Oval Overall in 1909.
In his first 18 starts of the season, Arrieta was 10-5 with a 2.66 ERA and 0.99 WHIP. Arrieta surrendered 40 runs, 36 earned, on 95 hits with 25 walks and 123 hits in 121 2/3 innings. After the break, Arrieta pitched like no one in the history of the game. Arrieta was 12-1 in 15 starts with a 0.75 ERA and 0.73 WHIP. Arrieta allowed 12 runs, nine earned, on 55 hits (two home runs) and 23 walks and 113 strikeouts in 107 1/3 innings.
Jake Arrieta’s 2015 Season – Second Half
Jake Arrieta put together the best second half of any pitcher in Major League history: 12-1 in 15 starts with a 0.75 ERA and 0.73 WHIP (12 runs, nine earned, 55 hits, two home runs, 23 walks, 113 strikeouts, 107 1/3 innings).
• Arrieta finished the regular season with 20 straight quality starts. Arrieta’s only loss in the second half came on July 25 and it took Cole Hamels making history by no-hitting the Chicago Cubs to beat him. The Cubs were 14-1 in his last 15 starts of the season.
• Arrieta did not allow a run in his last 22 innings of the regular season.
• Arrieta had a 0.41 ERA from August 1 to the end of the regular season, the lowest ERA since ERA became an official stat.
• In his last 12 starts, Arrieta did not allow a run nine times, gave up one earned run twice and allowed two earned runs in one start.
• Arrieta broke the All-Time scoreless inning streak at Wrigley Field previously held by Bob Gibson. According to Elias, Arrieta has not allowed a run at Wrigley in 40 2/3 innings which is the longest scoreless streak ever at Wrigley since Bob Gibson had 37 straight scoreless innings in 1965-66.
• Six-plus inning scoreless starts by a Cubs’ pitcher in a single season (1914-present): Jake Arrieta (11 in 2015), Bill Lee (9 in 1938), Grover Cleveland Alexander (9 in 1919) and Hippo Vaughn (8 in 1918).
Jake Arrieta’s 2015 Season – Highlights
Jake Arrieta’s regular season was filled with dominating performances, especially after the break. There were a few starts that stood out a little more than others.
• No-Hitter on August 30 at Dodger Stadium – Arrieta completed the first no-hitter of his career at Dodger Stadium under the bright lights of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. Arrieta walked one batter and struck out 12 in one of the most dominating performances in MLB history.
• Complete Game against the White Sox on July 12 – Arrieta shutdown the South Side and salvaged the finale of the three-game series at Wrigley Field. Arrieta won the last game before the break with a gem against the Sox and hit his first home run. The Cubs were stumbling into the break with three straight losses (2-4 in previous six) and that win allowed the Cubs to finish the first half with a 47-40 record.
• Complete Game Shutout in Minnesota on June 21 – Arrieta’s first complete game shutout came in Minnesota against the Twins. Arrieta scattered four hits with no walks and seven strikeouts. Arrieta was good leading up to the start at Target Field, but that outing was the first truly dominating performance for Arrieta on the season.
• San Francisco Giants on August 9 at Wrigley Field – The Cubs season turned from a team hovering around .500 to a playoff contender with the four-game series against the Giants at Wrigley in early August. Joe Maddon changed the way he managed the team and the Cubs took the first three games from the Giants to jump in the Wild Card lead. Arrieta shut down a desperate Giants team on August 9 and put his team in position to sweep the four-game series. Arrieta pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings against the defending World Champs.
Jake Arrieta’s 2015 Season – Month by Month
Jake Arrieta was excellent in April and after a rough May, by the standards he has set, Arrieta showed steady and incredible improvement from June through the end of the season.
- April: 3-1 in four starts with a 2.03 ERA and 0.94 WHIP
- May: 1-3 in six starts with a 3.99 ERA and 1.20 WHIP
- June: 3-1 in five starts with a 2.45 ERA and 1.00 WHIP
- July: 4-1 in six starts with a 1.90 ERA and 0.91 WHIP
- August: 6-0 in six starts with a 0.43 ERA and 0.69 WHIP
- September: 4-0 in five starts with a 0.45 ERA and 0.60 WHIP
- October: 1-0 in one start with a 0.00 ERA and 0.33 WHIP
At Wrigley Field this year, Arrieta was 9-5 in 15 starts with a 1.97 ERA and 0.86 WHIP. Arrieta allowed 23 runs on 67 hits (six home runs) with 23 walks and 107 strikeouts in 105 innings at home. On the road, Arrieta was 13-1 in 18 starts with a 1.60 ERA and 0.87 WHIP. Arrieta gave up 29 runs, 22 earned, on 83 hits (four home runs) with 25 walks and 129 strikeouts in 124 innings outside of Wrigley.
Joe Maddon thinks Jake Arrieta should win the NL Cy Young Award. Arrieta is focused on Wednesday and the Pirates. Arrieta said Friday he will reflect on his year and what he has accomplished once the Cubs season has ended.
- ESPN Chicago: Jake Arrieta completes regular season to remember
- Comcast SportsNet: Cubs ready for October with Jake Arrieta possibly clinching Cy Young Award
- The Tribune: Jake Arrieta makes history in his final starts
Over three seasons with the Cubs, Jake Arrieta is 36-13 in 67 starts with a 2.26 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 2.62 FIP (440 strikeouts, 113 walks, 298 hits in 437 1/3 innings). Arrieta is 18-7 in 33 starts at Wrigley Field with a 2.01 ERA and 0.86 WHIP (210 strikeouts, 57 walks, 132 hits, 11 home runs in 219 2/3 innings).