MVP – Jake Arrieta (.289 WPA)
If you missed the game yesterday, I came away from it with four thoughts that I wanted to share.
1. Arrieta is really really good. – Noah wrote about it yesterday that when the dust settles, he may be the best starter on the staff. It makes the trade to acquire him look amazing. In case you forgot, the deal was Arrieta and Pedro Strop for Scott Feldman and Steve Clevenger. Yeah, that’s an alright trade. Last night Arrieta took a perfect game into the 7th inning, which prompted my second take away.
2. People on Twitter are morons. – David Kaplan and Len Kasper were both tweeting that Arrieta had a perfect game working, and caught hell for it. Kap in particular had a pretty good back and forth with some moron woman who I think honestly believed that somehow Kap mentioning the no hitter caused him to lose it. Honestly people, if you believe in that BS, you need to seriously consider mental evaluation.
3. Ricky Renteria over manages the piss out of a ballgame. – I’m trying to like Renteria. I really am, but watching him be completely clueless when it comes to roster management is starting to wear on me. The fact that we’ve been carrying eight pitchers, which I believe is solely for the purpose of giving him bullpen training wheels, is beyond frustrating. Last night he’s bringing guys in the for one pitch. It’s as if he doesn’t realize that this has adverse effects on a guy’s health. It’s not just one pitch that he throws. He has to warm up. If you’re going to use a guy, then use him.
4. Anthony Rizzo is really good. – That’s really all you have to say. I hadn’t seen him as a 30-35 home run guy, but he hit his 17th of the season last night and is starting to look like he has that potential. If he’s capable of producing that kind of power and you pair him with guys like Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler, Javier Baez and even Starlin Castro, this lineup has the potential for a scary amount of power up and down the lineup.
This is our first edition of this today, so we’ll make it Arrieta themed after his knockout performance last night.
Q. Would you rather anchor your pitching staff with Arrieta or Travis Wood?