#Cubs Arrieta vs. Nats in finale
Jake Arrieta will close the Cubs series against the Nationals on Sunday at Wrigley Field. At 23-6, the Cubs are off to their best start through 29 games since the team was 24-5 to start the 1907 season. This is the best start for any NL team since the 1977 Dodgers went 23-6 to begin the year.
The Cubs have outscored their opponents this season by 101 runs (180-79), the best run differential in the Majors. Since 1900, it’s the second-highest run differential by any Major League team through 29 games.
The Cubs have won Jake Arrieta’s last 19 starts, extending a franchise record that surpassed 17-straight by Ed Reulbach (1906-07) and Pat Luby (1890-91). Only five pitchers since 1913 have had their teams win 20-consecutive starts made by them: Philadelphia’s Lefty Grove in 1931 (21-straight team wins), the New York Giants Carl Hubbell in 1936-37 (22), the Yankees Whitey Ford in 1950-53 (22), the Yankees Roger Clemens in 2001 (20) and Atlanta’s Kris Medlen in 2010-12 (23). Thanks to STATS Inc. for the info.
Here’s Sunday’s lineup: