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Monday, August 31, 2015

FANTASY BASEBALL ISSUES: JAKE ARRIETA GRADUATING TO ACE STATUS

The fantasy baseball highlight Sunday came late as the Chicago Cubs' Jake Arrieta tossed a 12-strikeout no-hitter versus the Los Angeles Dodgers that continued what has been a ridiculously dominant 2015 season that came on the heels of his just as terrific 2014 breakout.  Arrieta has been pitching at an ace-level for more than a full season now and the no-hitter lowered his numbers to the following:

2.11 ERA
0.94 WHIP
17-6
190 K/183 IP

Those numbers look like they could belong to Clayton Kershaw, Matt Harvey, Zack Greinke, or Madison Bumgarner which shows you how crazy good Arrieta has been.  Even in 2014 as I noted earlier Arrieta pitched to a splendid 2.53 ERA and 0.99 WHIP while punching out 167 batters in 156.2 innings.  The Cubs made one of the best trades over the last few years when the acquired Arrieta from the Baltimore Orioles and clearly the change of scenery and easier league have helped unleash his potent arsenal.  Right now Arrieta shoukd absolutely be graded as a fantasy baseball ace pitcher going into 2016 as the numbers have said as much for awhile now.  With numbers like Arrieta's has going back to 2014, he can't be classified any other way. 



 

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