Latest Update Jake Arrieta falls to 5-2 on Sunday Mon Jul, 21, 06:23 AM
Has an ideal pitchers' frame. Is a good strike-thrower who can pitch to contact effectively. Also boasts strikeout ability. Can both start and relieve.
Flaws: : Can be a little too hittable at times. Needs to work on his stamina to be able to go deeper in ball games. Generally, he lacks consistency in the big leagues.
Arrieta battled through an illness on Sunday, but managed to strikeout eight batters over 6.2 innings despite finding himself in the wrong side of the decision. He is now 5-2 with a 2.12 ERA and 1.01 WHIP through 14 starts while owning a solid 93:25 KP:BB rate over 85.0 innings. Although he has shown very little over the course of his career to back this season's production, as long as he continues to limit the long ball (2 HR allowed) maintain a solid 1.10 ground ball-to-fly ball ratio, he is still a must-own fantasy option even if his .201 BAA takes a hit in the second half. The Cubs ace will look to get back in the win column when he takes on the Cardinals on Saturday. Analyst: Matthew Beck
The Cubs new staff ace may be dealing with a stomach virus, but it certainly didn't stop him from posting another solid outing on Sunday. Although he took the loss, Arrieta allowed three runs through 6.2 innings of work, striking out eight batters along the way. If this is how good he performs when sick, fantasy owners can live with that. Analyst: Matthew Beck
Some extra rest can't hurt as Arrieta is having himself a career-year and a day or two more isn't going to affect his rhythm or performance at this point. If he can post ratios even close to the 1.95 ERA and 9.77 K/9 he put up in the first half, well then he's a fantasy god. But if he can still keep the overall ERA under 3.20, we'd all probably still be happy with him.Analyst: Howard Bender
Even when he has a tough outing, Arrieta still looks good. This was his seventh-straight quality starts and the outing still left him with a 1.95 ERA. The improvements he's made to his game, the steady growth he's shown over the last three seasons, all point towards continued breakout. If someone is trying to sell you on Arrieta, buy him. Obviously try to talk the price down, but buy. And if someone is low-balling you for him, then don't sell. You'll be more than happy keeping him for the second half.Analyst: Howard Bender