Jake Arrieta's no-hitter just what the Cubs needed

Jake Arrieta's no-hitter just what the Cubs needed
Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune (7-7-15)

Only two Cubs wins
Both pitched by Arrieta
On west coast road trip

After Saturday night's loss, World Series Dreaming posted an image on their Facebook page that captured in a single frame both the disappointment of fans after a 4th straight loss and their optimism as we approach the last month of an exciting regular season.

WSD 2015-08-29

Then, on Sunday ...

Jake Arrieta
Pitches first career no-no
Who's your ace now, Joe?

The Cubs were desperate to start a new winning streak before returning to Wrigley to face the Reds on Monday night. And Jake Arrieta, with his August ERA of 0.54 going into the game, was just what the doctor ordered. In front of a packed Dodger Stadium and a national television audience on ESPN, Arrieta's no hitter  just about solidified his place as the starter when the Cubs face the Pirates in the Wild Card game on October 7th (if there was any doubt left). Unless ...

Catch up to the Cards?
Odds are not in Cubs favor
But it could happen

Sunday's game is the kind that can cause fans to get carried away. We managed to keep things in perspective after the team lost 4 straight on the west coast, and should probably try to do that again after the no-hitter. After all, it's just one win.

But it was a win the Cubs really needed, and has the feeling of a momentum changer at the end of a disappointing road trip. The Cardinals remain the best team in baseball and will be hard to catch. But anything can happen. Just ask the 1969 Mets.

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