If you’re the type who charts pitch velocity, you may have noticed that Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta’s fastball was around 91, 92 mph on Sunday. That’s a drop from last year, but he was still effective. In his 100th career start with the Cubs, Arrieta struck out 10 over seven innings for his 13th career double-digit strikeout game in a 7–4 victory over the Brewers.
Since the beginning of the 2015 season, Arrieta leads the Major Leagues with 42 wins.
Manager Joe Maddon wasn’t worried about the velocity.
“I love it, actually,” Maddon said. “His delivery and location and pitch-ability was outstanding. I’d much rather see what we saw today than 94, 95 [mph] all over the map, absolutely.”
Arrieta knows the drop in velocity from a year ago is a hot topic.
“Everybody wants to talk about it — I don’t care about that,” Arrieta said. “I know I’m smart enough to work around that and the velocity is still good enough to get it by guys and do certain things in certain situations with it.”
His outing wasn’t perfect, as Ryan Braun hit his third career homer off Arrieta in the third inning — the Brewers’ last hit before Domingo Santana’s solo homer with two outs in the …Read the Rest
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