On Thursday night, Chicago Cubs’ pitcher, Jake Arrieta, threw a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds. This was Arrieta’s second career no-hitter. His no-hitters are separated by only 8 months, which includes the offseason. Not many Major League Baseball fans would have predicted the success Arrieta has shown over the past two seasons, considering he didn’t blossom into an elite pitcher until he was 28 years old. In his first four seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, from the age of 24 to 27, he threw 358 innings with a 5.46 ERA, 277 strikeouts (7 strikeouts per nine innings), and 159 walks (4 walks per nine innings). At the age of 28, he was traded to the Chicago Cubs and his career was about to drastically change. Since stepping on the mound at Wrigley Field, he has thrown 459.1 innings with a 2.21 ERA, 460 strikeouts (9 per nine innings), and 115 walks (2.3 per nine innings).
Here is the real question; does Arrieta’s success over the past year and a half make him the best pitcher in Major League Baseball? Many people would claim that Clayton Kershaw holds that honor, but Arrieta is doing all that he can do to steal that title. Regardless of who is better, both pitchers are in a class far above any other pitcher in the big leagues. To help you make your decision on who is the best pitcher in Major League Baseball, look at the statistical comparisons over the past 3 seasons (including the first few starts from 2016) below:
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