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June 25, 2014

What You Need to Know

Five Hours and Counting

by Chris Mosch


The Tuesday Takeaway
Jake Arrieta entered Tuesday coming off a trio of superb outings over which he allowed just one run and 10 hits with a shiny 27-to-2 K:BB ratio in 20 innings of work. The 28-year-old right-hander continued his breakout campaign by flirting with perfection and twirling seven outstanding innings against the Reds.

Arrieta’s career-best strikeout rate this season can be largely attributed to his career-high usage of his slider (which could also be referred to as a cutter depending on who you ask), which sat at 23.2 percent entering Tuesday. The pitch has also generated swing-and-misses at a career-best rate, so it should come as no surprise that Arrieta’s recent dominance has come during a spike in the use of his slider.


That trend continued against the Reds, as Arrieta complemented his 95 MPH fastball with his breaking pitch just over 40 percent of the time, including some nasty ones early that elicited all kinds of expletives from our own Jason Parks. The Texas Christian University product needed just 77 pitches to cruise through six perfect innings, which featured eight punchouts. Arrieta missed inside with a slider against Billy Hamilton to lead off the seventh inning, and Wellington Castillo set up low and away for a 1-0 sinker from the right-hander.

Arrieta made the perfect pitch, hitting the target that Castillo set up, but Hamilton grounded the offering through the middle to break up the perfecto with a leadoff single.

Arrieta retired the next two batters, but served up an RBI single to Devin Mesoraco and a double to Jay Bruce that cut the lead to 4-2. The right-hander fanned Ryan Ludwick to escape the jam and record his ninth strikeout of the night, and he turned the ball over to his bullpen in the eighth inning after 94 pitches.

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