In a 16-0 blowout of the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs’ Jake Arrieta steals the spotlight as he hurls his second-career no-hitter.
Is there a better pitcher in baseball right now? It’s one thing to have an off night. It’s another when you have to face the best pitcher in baseball, Jake Arrieta.
Throw that combo together and you get what happened to the Cincinnati Reds tonight.
Arrieta threw his second career no-hitter tonight against the Reds, and moves to 4-0 on the young season—with an ERA under 1.00.
In a game that featured 16 runs, including two home runs and a grand slam by Kris Bryant, Arrieta dazzled on the mound—more than usual—and also went 2-4 while walking twice at the plate.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) April 22, 2016
Jake Arrieta has a no-hit bid through 8 innings. He hasn’t lost since his no-hitter on August 30, 2015
Jake Arrieta is the 4th reigning Cy Young winner to throw a no-hitter pic.twitter.com/W2bWnC24ct
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 22, 2016
We have seen great pitchers, but Arrieta is on a different kind of level right now. Whether the consecutive amount of quality starts, which now stands at 24, the sub-1 ERA and every other stat, Arrieta has become an elite starting pitcher, though it took some time to get there.
Regardless, Jake Arrieta has arrived. As if 2015 wasn’t evident enough.
Jake Arrieta NO-HITTER ????? pic.twitter.com/2yhFS4KuJC
— Josh Brown (@J_Brown20_22) April 22, 2016