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Arrieta’s no-hitter is start of great Cubs run

By: Amelia Parreira

No-hitters in back-to-back years sounds almost as impossible as the Cubs winning a World Series.

No-hitters in back-to-back years sounds almost as impossible as the Cubs winning a World Series.

Two no-hitters in two years? That sounds almost as impossible as the Chicago Cubs actually winning a World Series. But when Arrieta pitched a no-hitter in a dominant 16-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds is showed us something; that maybe times are changing.

We’ve seen these great one-year pitchers before, but Arrieta is proving he is nowhere near a one-year pitcher, and the Cubs are proving at the same time, with a young nucleus of talented players put together by one of the most innovative general managers in the game, that these are not your grandfather’s Cubs.

Theo Epstein ended a long World Series drought in Boston when it was thought to be impossible, and he appears to be on the verge of doing the same in Chicago.

The 16-0 win over the Reds did more than just show Arrieta as a true ace that we all knew he was coming into the season. All but one batter got a hit on the board for the Cubs, and all but three scored runs. Even Arrieta joined in hitting at the place as he had two of the team’s 18 hits and scored a run.

Sure it’s an even year, making the Giants pretty much favored among the baseball Gods to win the World Series, but this really could be the Cubs year and Arrieta’s no-hitter might be the start of their run to their first World Series championship since 1908.

Their success starts with Arrieta, but they also have Jon Lester, John Lackey and Jason Hammel to help make up a great starting rotation. Reliever Hector Rondon is also doing well out of the bullpen as well. And while the Cubs may not have Yoenis Cespedes or Josh Donaldson leading their lineup, they have a variety of other star players that make up a chemically matching roster.

Dexter Fowler was thought to be an Orioles in the offseason but he came back to help the Cubs win a World Series and is hitting at a high rate. Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo are young studs turning into a MVP caliber players while Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward bring the veteran savvy and consistent approach to the batter’s box. Maybe the defense might not be something to brag about, but it’s not exactly a detriment either.

With the pitching, with the growing stars and with the veterans in place, the Cubs are certainly showing why they were the favorites to win the World Series coming into the season.

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