It's been nearly a lifetime since Jake Arrieta gave up four runs in a start
Arrieta gives up four runs for first time since June
A long, long time ago (May) in a galaxy far, far away (Chicago's North Side), Jake Arrieta once resembled something close to hittable.
In the four months since, the guy has been untouchable: He lowered his ERA to 1.77 on the year, led MLB in shutouts and wins, threw a no-hitter and, most importantly, helped propel the Cubs into the postseason ... shutting down the Pirates in the NL Wild Card Game.
Arrieta and the Cubbies returned to Wrigley Field for the first postseason game at the Friendly Confines since 2008. He took the hill against the Cardinals in Game 3 of the NLDS and was ... surprisingly human. He pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on five hits -- including a homer.
Of course, he also struck out nine batters while six of his teammates homered to lift the Cubbies to a crucial 8-6 victory, so all's well that ends well.
But back to his so-so (for Arrieta's stature) start: The righty hadn't pitched fewer than six innings in a start since June 16. That was also the last time he surrendered four runs in a game. It's been so long since Arrieta was anything other than spectacular that we dug into the archives to learn a little bit about the world the last time he was anything less than incredible.
The last time Arrieta gave up four runs in a start ...
- Jon Stewart was the host of "The Daily Show"
- Corey Seager was at Triple-A Oklahoma City
- "Pizza Rat" was just the name of your roommate's cousin's awful hardcore band
- Jurassic World was the No. 1 movie in America
- Yoenis Cespedes was a Tiger
- "See You Again" by Wiz Khalifa was the No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart
- Tom Brady was suspended for the first four games of the NFL season
- The Blue Jays were in fourth place in the AL East
... and it was the exact day that Donald Trump announced his presidential candidacy.