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97-65, 3rd in NL Cent

Jayson Stark Senior Writer, 

How about this Jake Arrieta nugget: Since the start of August 269 pitchers have given up 4+ ER in an inning. And Arrieta has given up 4 ER in 2 months!

Time for the Cubs to end the curse?

Two of our 23 baseball analysts surveyed think so. Chicago is favored to win Wednesday's wild-card matchup against Pittsburgh, however, it loses a good amount of supporters in the NLDS. Playoff picks

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Buster Olney's choice for NL Cy Young

Olney offers five candidates for the award, including the obvious trio of Zack Greinke, Jake Arrieta and Clayton Kershaw. Who does he have taking home the hardware? Buster's blog (Insider)

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2hTim Kurkjian

Kurkjian: Five NL wild-card questions

The NL wild-card game features an intriguing matchup: leading Cy Young Award candidate Jake Arrieta vs. the forgotten man, Gerrit Cole. Tim Kurkjian breaks it down.

Cubs fan gets exam pushed back in order to attend wild card game (2:10)
Greeny: Theo Epstein is a Hall of Famer (1:14)
Olney: Arrieta doing special things (0:57)
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Olney: Arrieta would be my Cy Young pick

ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney comments on CC Sabathia's voluntary entrance to rehab for alcohol abuse, the Yankees' wild-card matchup with the Astros and who should win the NL Cy Young.

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Arrieta named NL Pitcher of the Month

Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta takes home the honor for the second month in a row after going 4-0 with an MLB-best 0.45 ERA during September.

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20hDavid Schoenfield

My hypothetical awards selections

The Cy Young races hold a lot of intrigue, where Cubs ace Jake Arrieta could trump the Dodgers' duo of Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke.

Are Cubs atop Power Rankings?

Was winning eight straight at the end of the season enough to vault Chicago to the top spot in our final rankings? Find out here

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22hJayson Stark

Stark: My World Series prediction

Our guy, Jayson Stark, doesn't have the best track record when it comes to predicting who will win the World Series. But this year is different. We promise!

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Arrieta can keep good times rolling

The way Jake Arrieta has pitched for the Cubs during the second half of the season is similar to what Madison Bumgarner did in the playoffs last year. So it's no surprise Arrieta cracks this list of pitchers that could equal Bumgarner's dominance this postseason. Photo gallery

Outlook dim for wild-card teams

With a win-or-go-home game still to be played this week, the odds are currently against the Cubs, Pirates, Yankees or Astros winning the World Series, according to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.

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Tale of the tape: NL wild-card game

Here's a look at some of the key stats and figures heading into Wednesday night's matchup between the Cubs and the Pirates.

23hBen Lindbergh

Grantland: Crowning the Most Exciting Team of the 2015 MLB Regular Season

The more a team's playoff odds fluctuate, the more on edge its followers are. Conversely, the earlier a team locks up a playoff spot or falls far out of the race by pegging its odds close to one extreme or the other, the more its games blend together and its fans look forward to the playoffs (or football). So let's use those playoff odds to determine which team had MLB's most exciting regular season in 2015.

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Hank Aaron Award finalists: NL Central

The Hank Aaron Award is given annually to a player recognized as the most outstanding offensive performer in his league. Here are the nominees for each NL Central team:

  • Chicago Cubs: Anthony Rizzo
  • Cincinnati Reds: Joey Votto
  • Milwaukee Brewers: Ryan Braun
  • Pittsburgh Pirates: Andrew McCutchen
  • St. Louis Cardinals: Matt Carpenter

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Experts: Predicting the playoffs

ESPN's baseball analysts gaze into their crystal balls and make their postseason predictions, including who will win the World Series.

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No fear for Jake Arrieta

A Pirates fan took to Twitter to troll the Cubs ace prior to his start against Pittsburgh in the NL wild-card game this Wednesday. Arrieta wasn't phased by the fan's comments.

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Jake Arrieta joins Carmen and Jurko

Cubs' pitcher Jake Arrieta joins Carmen and Jurko before his start in Wednesday's NL wild-card game to discuss how he will approach the Pirates and the season so far.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.24429th
On Base Percentage.32112th
Slugging Percentage.39819th
Earned Run Average3.363rd
Quality Starts8115th

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