Jake Arrieta's stretch of dominance over the past two seasons is remarkable. You have to look no further than Jayson Stark's blog post to see that. His no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday was his second in his last 11 regular season starts.
Some of those numbers that Stark points out are that Arrieta has run off 24 straight quality starts, going 20-1 with an 0.86 ERA in that span. He has only allowed 17 earned runs total in those 24 starts. How do you even wrap your head around those numbers?
Arrieta is a guy that spent his first three and a half seasons in Baltimore, and honestly, was less than impressive. He was traded to the Cubs for Steve Clevenger and Scott Feldman in 2013. And now? He's in the midst of one of the most dominant stretches in the history of baseball.
No one knows how long this stretch will continue, but there is no choice but to marvel at it and enjoy for the time being.
In the National League East, Jacob deGrom will return to the rotation for the Mets Sunday after missing time due to the birth of his child, and Marlins hitting coach Barry Bonds made his return to San Francisco and received a standing ovation. The Braves are only eight games back of the 12-4 Nationals.
On Friday night, there were a number of extraordinary plays. First, Yasiel Puig unleashed his cannon of an arm to nail a baserunner at third trying to stretch his hit into a triple. If the ball was placed in third baseman Justin Turner's glove, it could not have been put in a more perfect spot than from where Puig threw the ball from the right field warning track.
Can’t stop watching this. Preposterous. pic.twitter.com/pNLKegdWBI— Dieter Kurtenbach (@dkurtenbach) April 23, 2016
Also, Jacoby Ellsbury did something that you don't see everyday. He stole home. A straight steal. Take a look.
In which Jacoby Ellsbury steals home https://t.co/3sPTKfyVTG— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) April 23, 2016
The White Sox then turned a wacky triple play.
Which of these is the most impressive?