When Jake Arrieta Misses Up In The Zone, Jake Arrieta Gets Hit Around

Jake Arrieta - OriolesFor Jake Arrieta, Monday’s start was more of the same. The righty surrendered five earned runs on 10 hits hits over 4 2/3 innings pitched. The lone bright spot was that he only handed out one free pass, an intentional walk to Prince Fielder in the bottom of the fifth.

You look at Arrieta’s stuff and wonder why he hasn’t blossomed into the starter the Orioles hoped he would by the point in his career. Tuesday he worked his fastball 94-95 MPH, mixed in a sinker at 95-96, threw his changeup and slider at 88 and curveball at 81.

Arrieta continues to miss his spots and he won’t blame his mechanics for the mistakes. If you simply look at the strikezone plot, you’ll see just how ineffective he is above the lower third of the zone.
Jake  Arrieta - PITCHf/x - June 17, 2013

Of the ten hits he surrendered, only one was thrown below that bottom third line drawn in the plot above. He forced a double play, two groundouts and a strikeout when he kept the ball below that magic line.

And well, you can see what happens when he keeps the ball up.

The Orioles optioned Arrieta back to Norfolk to make room for Zach Britton. If I were in charge (and good thing I’m not), I’d have the O’s pitchers running laps every time they threw anything up in the zone — especially against Miguel Cabrera.

 

Zach Wilt is the Founding Editor of BaltimoreSportsReport.com and host of the BSR Podcast. He's a loyal Orioles, Ravens and Capitals fan who is obsessed with baseball, loves traveling, In-N-Out Burger and Walt Disney World.

8 Comments

  1. Jabby

    June 18, 2013 at 8:11 am

    It’s over for Jake. At least here in the City of Charm. Probably a great dude, but just doesn’t have the mental tools to be successful at this level.

  2. spy

    June 18, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Look for Jake to be part of a trade before the deadline,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,he is done here………………

    A few more may be right behind him , just a few short years ago the hype was about five pitchers that would make it big in the pros , if just one would have shown up big , it would be a different picture for the O’s this year,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    Until they get a true number one the fans will have to be happy with a run for the playoffs,,,,,,,,while this is nice , it has always been and will always be about winning a world series,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  3. Willo

    June 18, 2013 at 9:44 am

    I agree. It is time to show Jake the exit. It is evident that the guy has tools but for whatever reason he will not/cannot change his mechanics. The guy reminds me of a person who was a quick study but was unable to apply the knowledge. See you later Jake.

  4. MGW

    June 18, 2013 at 11:24 am

    I agree, he’s done. Just don’t expect much for him in return.

    Love the fans that say “this guy or that guy sucks” but then expect another team to give up the farm to get him.

    The O’s will deal their crap to get somebody else’s garbage for him, nothing more.

    • Nick F

      June 18, 2013 at 4:10 pm

      This is why I don’t really see them getting rid of him. He isn’t worth anything to anybody else either and unless something really intriguing comes along I think they’re going to keep trying to figure something out with him, possibly in the pen. I think he might work out better there for at least the time being.

  5. 9inchnails

    June 18, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    You have to hold on to him and hope he gets his stuff together. Look, we did it for Spy, we did it for Mystery man and we have done it for this new clown Carl. He will find his way.

    • spy

      June 19, 2013 at 9:40 am

      We are still holding on for you incher,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,we just hope you are worth it,,,,,,,,,,,,,,sad , you had so much potential,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,I could see you and chowman as two of the best swith hitters the game has ever known , it could have been a beautiful thing,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,’

  6. anonymous hippopotamus

    June 19, 2013 at 9:17 am

    He’s not going anywhere. As Roch has pointed out on multiple occasions, he has minor league options left. I fully expect him to be a bullpen option should someone get hurt. He worked okay out of the ‘pen last year. It’s probably just difficult for the O’s to send another one of the “cavalry” to the bullpen, especially one who has shown flashes of greatness, albeit an inning at a time.