Is Jake Arrieta the best pitcher in baseball?
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http://sports.yahoo.com...). The fact that he can deliver enough to be practically a guaranteed win is an enormous asset for the team, and is a very big part of why they currently boast the best record in the MLB.
Boston Red Sox2917.630-18-911-8274196+78W47-3
New York Yankees2223.4896.513-119-12178195-17L17-3
Toronto Blue Jays2325.47979-1314-121941940W14-6
Tampa Bay Rays2123.477710-1211-11187175+12L15-5
Chicago White Sox2721.563-13-1214-9196171+25L33-7
Kansas City Royals2422.522213-711-15174180-6L17-3
Los Angeles Angels2126.44779-1412-12192214-22L25-5
New York Mets2719.5870.513-814-11180149+31W16-4
St. Louis Cardinals2423.511813-1511-8258217+41L25-5
San Francisco Giants3019.612-16-1114-8211197+14W59-1
Los Angeles Dodgers2423.511512-1212-11203181+22W34-6
San Diego Padres1929.39610.510-159-14167206-39L42-8
Now that we've discussed his contributions, now I'll address his incredible stats. Last year he was 2nd in NL ERA behind Zack Greinke who currently has a 5+ ERA. This year unlike Greinke he picked up exactly where he left off currently holding a 1.72 ERA. The two main pitchers than an opponent could argue are better are Clayton Kershaw and Chris Sale. Kershaw, unlike Arrieta, has lost a start this year. Chris Sale has also lost a start and has a 2.26 ERA. And for those who don't know, you want a lower ERA. So while statistically they are all fairly close, nobody has accomplished the individual achievements such as the perfect game/no loss in between record and the consecutive starts won record aforementioned. In addition, nobody can boast having not lost a start this year like Arrieta can. (all stats provided by mlb.com)
So, in conclusion, Arrieta dominates 99% of all pitchers on a statistical level, but when compared to ones he is level with statistically his contribution and ability to be a major factor to a highly successful team and the magnitude of his personal records and achievements makes him the best.
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PS: Are you a Cubs fan? (Yes, I am a Dodgers fan if you are wondering.)
And actually I am a D-backs fan (sorry about Greinke) I just have been really impressed with what Arrieta has done.
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