Jake Arrieta threw seven innings, giving up only one run on four hits, to defeat his former team. We all remember “The Calvary”, the group of Orioles pitching prospects consisting of Arrieta, Brian Matusz, Chris Tillman, and Zach Britton. Three of the four have found a spot on the Orioles current roster, while Arrieta was traded, alongside Pedro Strop for Scott Feldman and Steve Clevenger.
While “The Calvary” has not lived up to expectations (except for maybe Tillman), all have found some sort of success at the major league level. Arrieta, who was touted as the top of the bunch, posted a 20-25 record with a 5.46 ERA as an Oriole, was never ever to reach the top of the O’s rotation.
However this year, Arrieta has turned his fortunes around. Now the Cubs “ace” with the departure of Jeff Samardzija to the Oakland Athletics, Arrieta has gone 7-4 with a 2.53 ERA. He certainly looked this way Friday afternoon against the Orioles, completely mowing down the high octane Orioles offense.
You can’t help but wonder if Arrieta was still an Oriole, would he be finding this success? He certainly had help from his defense Friday, and with the Orioles D, who knows how well he would be pitching.
But, is his newfound success due to his move to the Cubs? Perhaps advice from a new pitching coach has aided Arrieta in his new success. Orioles starters have also found more success in the 2014 campaign, with the help of new pitching coach Dave Wallace.
No one really knows why Jake Arrieta has found success in a Chicago Cubs uniform, maybe new advice, a different team, but all one can do is wish continued success to a former O’s top prospect.