Arrieta Wins 2015 NL Cy Young, Haunts Orioles Fans Forever
In the summer of 2013, Jake Arrieta was working in the minors as a starting pitcher, struggling with his location, yet to fill expectations in the Baltimore Orioles organization. The Orioles finally traded Arrieta to the Cubs in July of 2013, with Pedro Strop, in a package deal for Scott Feldman and Steve Clevenger.
On Wednesday afternoon, Arrieta was named the 2015 National League Cy Young Award Winner after he helped the Cubs into the playoffs, with a 22-6 record and a 1.77 ERA in 229 innings.
That trade goes down in the record books as the worst trade of the Dan Duquette era in Baltimore.
The Orioles traded Jake Arrieta to Chicago Cubs for Scott Feldman so let's just let that sink in pic.twitter.com/R7JFw4jy4K
— Morgan Bagg (@MorganBagg) November 19, 2015
It was his second half of this past season that was truly stuff of legends, however. He won 16 of 17 decisions with a 0.75 ERA -- the best post-All-Star break ERA in the history of baseball.
Let that register – Arrieta allowed just 9 ER in 107 1/3 innings in the second half of the season.
Arrieta (17 first-place votes) beat out two Dodgers for the award – Zack Greinke (10 first-place votes) and the reigning NL Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw (three).
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