Smallthoughts: Rave of the Week… Jake Arrieta

Some pitchers go their whole careers and never pitch a no hitter, some franchises go their whole existence without having a pitcher hurling a no hitter for them (this was the case of the Mets until 2012 when Johan Santana pitched the first and only no hitter in franchise history). Jake Arrieta has two no hitters. Last season he pitched one against the Los Angeles Dodgers on August 30. Now he pitched his second one against the Reds on April 21 2016 .

In between no-hitters, Arrieta won five times in September, two games in the postseason before tiring in the National League championship series, then the NL Cy Young Award, then his first three starts of 2016. Since early last summer he is 20-1 with a 0.86 ERA.

“Man, god, it felt sloppy from the get-go,” he said. “The pregame ‘pen was as sloppy as it was in L.A. before that no-hitter, so I don’t put a lot into it.

“I was a little off with my command but was able to keep them off balance and later in the game pounded the strike zone with some good movement and keeping the ball down. Pitching to contact was the goal today and I did a pretty good job at that.”

Congratulations to Jake Arrieta  for pitching his second career no hitter. I got a feeling there will be more coming in his career.

Published by bklynboy59

Welcome to Smallthoughtsinasportsworld. We keep it fun and we keep interesting and informative. On Tuesdays we go back in time with Old School Tuesdays, on Thursdays we keep it fun by Smallthoughts Trivia Thursday and on Fridays is Smallthoughts: Rant of the Week and Smallthoughts:Rave of the Week and we also post the answer from Smallthoughts:Trivia Thursday. I am a lifelong New York Mets, Knicks and Jets and Giants fan. I root hard for my teams and have rooted for them even when it wasn't and in some cases still isn't easy. I enjoy talking sports, and on here I get to write about it as well. I have my thoughts hence Small thoughts, we will not always agree, but respectfully speak about what we feel. I invite your comments and feedback as well. You can also follow me on twitter @bklynboy59 and facebook Jerry bklynboy Small

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