Jake Arrieta tossed his second career no-hitter on Thursday night as he and the Chicago Cubs blanked the Cincinnati Reds, 16-0. He's now put himself above anyone else as the best starter in all of baseball this season with his 4-0 record, 26 strikeouts and minuscule 0.87 ERA in four starts.
Those stats are absurd in their own right, but his numbers dating back to last season are even more unbelievable. He's on in the midst of one of the most dominant stretches by a pitcher, and he's showed no signs of slowing down.
Here are the seven craziest stats that prove just how dominant he is.
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1. He's the first pitcher in Cubs history to throw no-hitters in consecutive seasons
Arrieta third Cub to throw multiple no-hitters (Larry Corcoran, Ken Holtzman). First to do it back-back-seasons.— Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) April 22, 2016
2. His batting average is higher than his opponents' since June 21
Since last June 21:— Jon Tayler (@JATayler) April 22, 2016
Jake Arrieta's batting average: .238
Jake Arrieta's opponents' batting average: .150
3. In his last 37 starts, he's struck out 262 and walked just 54
Jake Arrieta 2015-16 (37 starts)— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) April 22, 2016
26-6, 1.66 ERA, 260.0 IP, 165 Hits, 262/54 K/BB, 12 HR#Cubs
4. His ERA is 0.86 with a 20-1 record in his last 24 regular season starts
Jake Arrieta last 24 regular season starts:— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) April 22, 2016
20-1, 0.86 ERA, 178.0 IP, 91 Hits, 173/33 K/BB, 0.697 WHIP.
These are REAL numbers. #Cubs
5. He posted the third-shortest span between no-hitters (nine starts)
6. He has allowed fewer earned runs in his last 119 1/3 IP than David Price allowed on Thursday
Jake Arrieta has allowed 7 ER in his last 16 starts, dating back to August 4. David Price allowed more ER (8) today pic.twitter.com/UBZY53QrZm— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 22, 2016
7. He's given up fewer than two runs in 14 of his last 16 starts
And here's one more for fun:
Pitchers throwing no-hitters in NL parks now have an 8-game hitting streak, batting .462 in that span: https://t.co/lubpTwKMUd— Andrew Simon (@AndrewSimonMLB) April 22, 2016
There might not be a guy on this planet that's tougher to hit than Arrieta right now. Another Cy Young is certainly in his future.