Jake Arrieta was named the 2015 N.L. Cy Young Award winner after he set a career mark with 22 victories last season ... he tossed the 14th no-hitter in franchise history, August 30, 2015 at the Dodgers ... was 22-6 in 33 starts in 2015 and his 1.77 ERA (45 ER/229.0 IP) is the lowest for a Cubs qualifying starting pitcher in 96 years since 1919, when Pete Alexander had a 1.72 ERA. Received 17 of 30 possible first-place votes in the 2015 N.L. Cy Young vote, and garnered 169 points ... the Dodgers Zack Greinke was second with 147 points. Became the fifth pitcher in Cubs history to win the Cy Young Award, the first in 23 years since Greg Maddux took home the honor in 1992 ... Fergie Jenkins (1971), Bruce Sutter (1979) and Rick Sutcliffe (1984) are the others. Is 36-13 with five complete games, four shutouts and a 2.26 ERA (110 ER/437.1 IP) in 67 starts for the Cubs since he was acquired from Baltimore, July 2, 2013, with pitcher Pedro Strop and two international signing bonus slots (slot numbers three and four) for pitcher Scott Feldman and catcher Steve Clevenger. Owns a 56-38 career major league record with five complete games, four shutouts and a 3.70 ERA (327 ER/795.1 IP) in 136 career games (130 starts) in six big league seasons with Baltimore (2010-13) and the Cubs (2013-15). Has struck out 717 hitters compared to 272 walks in 795.1 career innings, an average of 8.1 strikeouts per nine innings. Made his first career Opening Day start, April 6, 2012 vs. Minnesota, with Baltimore. w Became the first pitcher in Orioles history to throw at least 7.0 shutout innings while allowing two or fewer hits on Opening Day. Named the Baltimore Orioles Minor League Pitcher of the Month for April 2010 after going 2-1 with a 1.16 ERA (5 ER/31.0 IP) and 27 strikeouts. Ranked the Orioles No. 4 prospect by Baseball America entering the 2010 campaign. Selected to the 2008 U.S. Team for the XM Satellite Radio All-Star Futures Game in New York. Pitched 6.0 shutout innings and struck out seven to earn the win in Team USA's 9-1 victory over China in the 2008 Olympics, winning a bronze medal. Went 1-0 and did not allow a run for the Phoenix Desert Dogs in the 2007 Arizona Fall League. w Named to the AFL Top Prospects Team after leading the AFL in scoreless innings (16.0) and appearances (14). Originally selected by the Orioles in the fifth round of the 2007 Draft out of Texas Christian University. Participated in the 2015 and 2016 Cubs Caravan. Is a 2004 graduate of Plano East (Texas) High School.
Jake Arrieta was named the N.L. Cy Young Award winner ... was 22-6 with four complete games, three shutouts and a 1.77 ERA (45 ER/229.0 IP) in 33 starts for the Cubs ... became just the fifth pitcher to have at least 22 wins with no more than six losses and an ERA under 2.00 since the ERA became an official stat (1912 in the N.L., 1913 in the A.L.) ... joined Sandy Koufax (1963), Denny McLain (1968), Ron Guidry (1978) and Dwight Gooden (1985). Logged a miniscule 0.41 ERA (4 ER/88.1 IP) and went 11-0 in 12 starts beginning August 4 through the end of the season ... that is the lowest ERA for any pitcher from August 1 through season's end since ERA became an official stat. Is the only pitcher in the earned run era to go 11-0 or better with an ERA of 0.41 or better in a 12-start span ... surpasses Bob Gibson in 1968, who went 12-0 with a 0.50 ERA in a 12-start stretch ... thanks to Elias. Recorded a 0.75 ERA (9 ER/107.1 IP) and was 12-1 with two complete game shutouts in 15 starts in the season's second half ... that is the lowest second-half ERA since the All-Star Game was instituted in 1933. His 22 victories are the most by a Cub since Fergie Jenkins was 24-13 in 1971, and he was Chicago's first 20-game winner since Jon Lieber was 20-6 in 2001. Became the first major league pitcher ever to finish a season with 20-straight quality starts ... the run, which began June 21, also surpassed the previous Cubs mark of 17-consecutive quality starts by Lon Warneke in 1933. w Held opponents to a .150 average (76-for-505), a .200 on-base percentage and a .210 slugging mark in his final 20 starts. w Hit as many home runs (2) as he allowed (2) during this stretch. Struck out 12 and walked one in his no-hit effort, August 30 at Los Angeles ... threw 116 pitches in Chicago's first no-hit performance since Carlos Zambrano turned the trick against the Astros at Miller Park, September 14, 2008. w Completed his no-hitter by striking out the side in order in the ninth inning ... became the first pitcher to secure a no-no by striking out the side in order in the ninth since Sandy Koufax struck out his final six Cubs faced in his perfect game in 1965. Ended the regular season having won his final 11 decisions ... became the fourth Cubs pitcher in the modern era to finish a season with a winning streak that long. w Rick Sutcliffe won his last 14 decisions in 1984, Ed Reulbach won his last 12 in 1906 and Milt Pappas won his last 11 in 1972 ... thanks to Elias. Finished the regular season with a career-high 22.0-inning scoreless streak dating to September 22 vs. the Brewers. Did not allow a run in his final 40.2 innings at Wrigley Field, the longest scoreless stretch for any pitcher since the park opened in 1914. Logged four complete games and three shutouts ... the four complete games were the most by a Cub since Kerry Wood had four in 2003 ... the three shutouts were most by a Cub since Greg Maddux had four in 1992. Went 13-1 with a 1.60 ERA (22 ER/124.0 IP) in 18 road starts ... the 13 road wins and 1.60 ERA both led the majors. w His .929 road winning percentage is the best single-season mark in franchise history (min. 15 starts). w His 13 road victories are the most by a Cub in a single season since Larry Jackson went 14-5 in 1964.The no-hit effort capped an August in which he was named N.L. Pitcher of the Month, as he finished 6-0 with a microscopic 0.43 ERA (2 ER/42.1 IP) in six starts … Elias reports he was the first pitcher to go 6-0 in six starts with an ERA below 0.75 in a month since the White Sox Jim Kaat was 6-0 with a 0.35 ERA in September of 1974. Carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning twice, and a major-league best five times since the start of 2014. Threw at least 8.0 innings and allowed no more than one earned run in five-straight starts starting with his no-hitter through September 22 … Elias points out that the previous major league pitcher to turn that trick was Roger Clemens in 1997, and the previous to do so that late in the season was Orel Hershiser back in 1988. In four road starts from June 21-July 19, tossed 7.0 or more innings with at least seven strikeouts while allowing no more than run in each outing ... in the last 25 years, the only others to turn that trick are Roger Clemens in 1997, Ervin Santana in 2008 and R.A. Dickey in 2012. Spun his second career complete game shutout, June 21 in Minnesota ... allowed four hits, walked none and struck out seven while throwing a career-high 122 pitches. w Became the first Cubs pitcher on the road to shut out an opponent on four or fewer hits while striking out at least seven batters and not issuing a walk since Rick Sutcliffe against the Mets at Shea Stadium, September 8, 1984. Tossed 7.0-shutout frames in his season debut April 8 vs. St. Louis ... was the ninth time in his career he has shut out the opponent in at least 7.0 innings. Finished April with a 2.03 ERA (6 ER/26.2 IP), his best ERA in the opening month … led all Cubs starters in April in ERA, wins (3) and innings pitched (26.2). Tossed 8.0 innings May 12 vs. New York (N.L.) … recorded his fifth-career double-digit strikeout game, fanning 10 batters, as the Cubs won, 6-1 … faced the minimum through 7.0 innings thanks to two double plays. May 17 vs. Pittsburgh, became the first Cubs pitcher since Jeff Samardzija in May of 2013 to take a loss despite allowing one or no runs in at least 7.0 innings of work. July 12 vs. White Sox, tossed a two-hit complete game effort and hit his first career homer, a solo shot ... became the second pitcher ever to homer in a complete game interleague win, joining the Braves Denny Neagle in 1997 vs. the Tigers. w Finished the game by striking out the side in the ninth ... the previous pitcher to allow fewer than three hits and strike out the side in a perfect ninth inning was Clayton Kershaw in 2011 against the Tigers. Named N.L. Pitcher of the Month for September ... became the first N.L. pitcher to win the award in consecutive months since Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers won in June and July of 2014 en route to the Cy Young. Spun his third shutout of the campaign, September 22 vs. Milwaukee ... allowed three hits, walked one and struck out 11. Tossed a five-hit shutout and struck out 11 in a 4-0 Wildcard win at Pittsburgh, October 7 ... became the sixth pitcher in major league history to toss a shutout while allowing five or fewer hits while striking out at least 10 in their first career post-season appearance. w Was the first to turn the trick since San Francisco's Tim Lincecum, October 7, 2010 (NLDS Gm. 1 vs. Atlanta).
Jake tied his career high with 10 wins and posted a 2.53 ERA (44 ER/156.2 IP) in 25 starts for the Cubs after starting the season on the 15-day D.L. with right shoulder tightness ...Became the first Cub since 1950 to carry three no-hit bids into the seventh inning in a single season, and was the first Cub in 20 years to record 10-straight quality starts...Posted a 1.46 ERA (13 ER/80.0 IP) and had a 6-1 record in 12 starts at Wrigley Field ...Was the lowest home ERA for any starter in the majors with at least 12 outings...The 1.46 home ERA is the lowest for a Cubs pitcher (min. 12 starts) since Mike Morgan had a 1.38 ERA at Wrigley Field in 17 starts during the 1992 season...Recorded 10-straight quality starts, June 8-July 31, becoming the first Cub to do so since Frank Castillo had 11-straight quality starts in 1994...Was 5-1 with a 1.72 ERA (13 ER/68.0 IP) in that 10-start stretch...Collected four double digit-strikeout games, the first Cub to do so in a single season since Rich Harden had five in 2008...All told, had 18 quality starts ...Recorded a 1.46 ERA (20 ER/123.2 IP) in those outings...Surrendered two or fewer walks in 19 of 25 starts ...Averaged 2.4 walks and 9.6 strikeouts per 9.0 innings...Had a 2.26 ERA (14 ER/55.2 IP) in nine starts against N.L. Central opponents...Finished June 4-0 with a 0.92 ERA (4 ER/39.1 IP) in six starts … marked the lowest ERA for a Cubs pitcher with at least 35.0 innings pitched in June since Rick Reuschel had a 0.92 ERA in June of 1977 (48.2 IP)...Posted a 3-0 record and a 0.95 ERA (3 ER/28.1 IP) in four September starts to close out the season...Took a perfect game into the seventh inning, June 24 vs. Cincinnati...Billy Hamilton broke up the effort with a single to lead-off the seventh...Spun 7.2 no-hit innings in his next start, June 30 in Boston, before Stephen Drew singled to right with two outs in the eighth...Became the first pitcher to take a no-hitter into the seventh inning in consecutive starts since Toronto's Dave Stieb on June 24 and 30, 1988...Entered the seventh with a no-hit bid for the third time, September 16 vs. the Reds ...Had that broken up with one out in the eighth (Brandon Phillips double), but went on to record a complete game, one-hit shutout...Finished with a career-high 13 strikeouts...Had a career-high 16.2 scoreless innings streak, June 3-13...Began the season on the disabled list, March 30 (retro to March 21), with right shoulder tightness...Made five rehab starts between Double-A Tennessee and Single-A Daytona from April 5-26...Was 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA (5 ER/20.0 IP), walking seven and striking out 18...Activated from the disabled list and made his first start of the season, May 3 vs. the Cardinals...Did not allow a run in 5.1 innings pitched, surrendering four hits and two walks while striking out seven in Chicago's 3-0 win...Spun 7.0-shutout innings, allowing two hits and one walk while striking out nine, June 13 at Philadelphia … that began a four-game winning streak in which he had a 0.94 ERA (3 ER/28.2 IP) through June 30...Recorded his first-career extra-base hit, June 18 at Miami, a double off Nathan Eovaldi...Delivered a two-run triple, September 24 vs. St. Louis, the first three-bagger by a Cubs pitcher since August 21, 2012 when Chris Rusin tripled at Milwaukee.
Jake went 4-2 and logged a 3.66 ERA (21 ER/51.2 IP) in nine starts for Chicago after he was acquired from Baltimore, July 2 ... between his four stops in the majors and minors, threw a total of 154.2 innings... Between five starts with the Orioles and nine outings with Chicago, he combined to go 5-4 with a 4.78 ERA (40 ER/75.1 IP) in 14 starts ... walked 41 and struck out 60... Held hitters to a .216 batting average, including a .185 mark with the Cubs... Taking away the six runs in 4.0 innings he allowed, August 21 vs. Washington, pitched to a 2.83 ERA (15 ER/47.2 IP) in his eight other starts for the Cubs... Recorded quality starts in five of his nine outings with the Cubs ... allowed 5.92 hits per 9.0 innings... Selected from Triple-A Iowa, made his Cubs debut and received a no-decision in Chicago's 3-2 setback, July 30 vs. Milwaukee (gm. 2) ... optioned back to Iowa following the game... Recalled from Iowa and earned his first victory as a Cub in Chicago's 7-0 triumph, August 16 vs. St. Louis … tossed 7.0-shutout innings of two-hit ball, while walking two and fanning seven (94 pitches)... Surrendered a career-high tying three home runs, September 13 at Pittsburgh, when Pedro Alvarez, Russell Martin and Garrett Jones went back-to-back-to-back in the fourth inning... Went 1-2 with a 7.23 ERA (19 ER/23.2 IP) in three stints with Baltimore prior to the July 2 trade to Chicago ... started the season on the Opening Day roster but was optioned to Norfolk, April 22... Was 7-5 with a 4.08 ERA (36 ER/79.1 IP) in 16 minor league games (15 starts) between Triple-A Norfolk and Triple-A Iowa... Combined to strike out 77 batters compared to 30 walks, good for an average of 8.7 strikeouts per 9.0 innings... Allowed two or fewer earned runs in 10 of his 15 starts, including a complete-game shutout, June 27 vs. Columbus, with Norfolk.