MVP – Jake Arrieta (.491 WPA)

I think I’ve shared this with you all in the past, but if not, I’ll do it now. I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve never seen a no-hitter from start to finish on TV or in person live. I can remember a Carlos Zambrano start against the Diamondbacks that I thought he’d do it. I watched Kerry Wood‘s 20K game in which he should have been credited with a no hitter, but I’ve never actually seen a no no. Jake Arrieta got me very close again, but unfortunately the streak remains. I set tonight as appointment television and sat in front of the iPad watching a gem of a game by Arrieta.

In case you were wondering, the totals for the month of June for Arrieta finishes at 31.2 IP, 4 ER, 38 K’s, 4 BB, 1.14 ERA. Throw in Pedro Strop and the deal last year for Scott Feldman and Steve Clevenger to Baltimore looks awfully good right now for Theo and Jed’s resume.

Watching the rest of the game, there really wasn’t much to make it stand out. For example, I watched the whole game and not till I looked at the box score did I really realize that Chris Coghlan got four at bats and played left field. I never really heard his name. Nate Schierholtz, who people said was breaking out of his funk a few weeks ago, managed to hit a two run home run and that was all she wrote for offense overall. Outside of that, about the most exciting thing was watching two really nice plays by the Red Sox ball girl down the third base line and a one handed grab by Jim Deshaies in the TV booth on a Darwin Barney foul ball. Sometimes it’s the quiet wins that I love the most.

  • Brett Taylor at Bleacher nation notes that Jason Hammel may be the most sought after pitcher on the trade market this season given his price tag and performance. The Blue Jays may be a suitor for him as well as Darwin Barney and Carlos Villanueva. Don’t ask me why on those last two, but if they’re willing to give up something for them, we need to listen.
  • John Sickels had a write up on recent Cubs call up, Dallas Beeler on his site.
  • Theo Epstein addresses rumors that he’d opt out of Chicago after his contract expires in 2016.
  • Jason McLeod has pulled his name from the running for the Padres GM job. We all need to pop a cork and celebrate as he’s a vital cog in this front office wheel.

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail