About last night: More #Cubs Arrieta notes
Jake Arrieta threw his second career no-hitter Thursday night in the Cubs’ 16-0 win over the Reds. Here are some more facts regarding Arrieta’s feat, courtesy of the Cubs media relations department:
*Arrieta is only the fourth reigning Cy Young Award winner to throw a no-hitter, joining elite company that includes Sandy Koufax (1964), Bob Gibson (1971) and Clayton Kershaw (2014).
*According to Elias, Arrieta is the eighth pitcher in Major League history to throw a no-hitter in consecutive seasons, the first since Tim Lincecum in 2013-14. The Cubs right-hander is the second pitcher in MLB history to throw a no-hitter on the road in consecutive seasons, joining Kansas City’s Steve Busby from 1973 (at Detroit) and 1974 (at Milwaukee).
*Only two pitchers in big league history went fewer starts between no-hitters: Johnny Vander Meer, the only pitcher to throw no-hitters in consecutive starts (1938) and Warren Spahn, who had five starts between no-hitters on September 16, 1960 and April 28, 1961. Arrieta and Vender Meer are the only two pitchers to toss a pair of no-hitters without a loss inbetween.
*The only more lopsided no-hitter in MLB history took place more than 130 years ago when the Buffalo Bisons scored 18 runs in support of Pud Galvin’s no-no vs. the Detroit Wolverines on Aug. 4, 1884. The Cubs are the first team in big league history to hit five home runs in support of a no-hitter.
*According to Elias, the Cubs have now won Arrieta’s last 17 starts, matching the franchise record already held by Ed Reulback (1906-07) and Pat Luby (1890-91).
*Arrieta also is 14-0 in his last 14 road decisions. According to Elias, in the Wild Card Era (starting in 1994), only two pitchers have won 14-consecutive road decisions: Greg Maddux (twice, 1994-95 and 1997-98) and Johan Santana (2004-05).
*According to STATS Inc., Arrieta is the first pitcher to record 24-consecutive quality starts in more than 40 years, and his predecessor inspired a rule change as Bob Gibson tossed 26-straight scoreless starts in 1967-68, leading MLB to lower the mound.
*Arrieta is 20-1 with a 0.86 ERA (17 ER/178 IP) with 33 walks and 173 strikeouts in his last 24 starts since June 21. He’s 15-0 with a 0.53 ERA (7 ER/119 1/3 IP) in 16 starts since last Aug. 1.
*Arrieta became the first Cubs starting pitcher to win his first four starts since Greg Maddux in 2006. He’s also the fifth defending Cy Young Award winner to win his first four starts of the following season, joining Tim Lincecum (first four in 2010), Randy Johnson (first seven in 2000 and first six in 2002) and Pedro Martinez (first five in 2000).