Former Weatherford College pitcher Jake Arrieta is making a serious case for the 2015 National League Cy Young Award.
The Chicago Cubs ace, as of Thursday, has won more games than any other pitcher in the Major Leagues (16). His 2.22 ERA is second in the National League, he’s fourth in the NL in strikeouts (178) and second in the league in innings pitched (174).
In his past three games, Arrieta has 20 strikeouts and just four walks. In those three contests he has allowed a total of two earned runs over 18.2 innings.
In a win over the Braves Aug. 20, Arrieta became the first MLB pitcher in 10 years to go six innings without giving up a fly ball. The 15 balls put in play during that span were all ground balls.
The Plano native played for Jeff Lightfoot’s WC Coyotes in 2005 and went on to TCU as well as Team USA in the 2008 Olympics. He made his major league debut for the Baltimore Orioles in 2010 and has played in Chicago since 2013.
Editors note: Arrieta pitches no hitter Sunday
Former TCU standout Jake Arrieta pitched the sixth no-hitter in the majors this season and second against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 10 days, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 2-0 victory Sunday night.
Arrieta (17-6) became the first 17-game winner in the big leagues by throwing baseball’s third no-hitter in less than three weeks.
The right-hander went to Plano East High School and Weatherford College before starring for TCU from 2006 to 2007. He struck out a season-high 12 — one off his career high — and walked one to help the Cubs snap a four-game skid on the last night of their six-game West Coast trip.
From wire reports