Jake Arrieta – One the O’s Let Get Away

Jake Arrieta

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In episode 43 of the Sports Microscope podcast, host Gene Gumbs points out that Jake Arrieta isn’t the only quality pitcher that Baltimore Oriole GM Dan Duquette let get away. Roger Clemens anyone?

In 1996, Duquette declared that Clemens was in the “twilight of his career.” All Clemens did was go on to win four more Cy Young awards with teams not located in Boston. Jake Arrieta is on his way to doing the same thing with a team not located in Baltimore. I’m not saying there’s a correlation… but maybe I am.

I am sure Duquette gets a little queasy every time he reads the incredible numbers Arrieta has put up since last June – numbers that not even the great Bob Gibson could match. I won’t bore you with all of them here, but I urge you to read the piece by Carrie Muskat on MLB.com.

Suffice it to say that we are looking at one of the greatest runs in the history of baseball – and that’s saying something!

Also in This Episode:

  • Anyone else tired of athletes saying they don’t know how PEDs got into their system?
  • Yasiel Puig makes on of the greatest throws I have ever seen
  • Curt Schilling has the right to speak his mind. ESPN has the right to fire him.
  • Vin Scully skewers people comparing Joe Dimaggio and Ryan Howard
  • My pick for team of the week

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As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions here or at ggumbs@sbcglobal.net. Please let me know what you think. See you next week!

 

Podcast #42 – Chris Archer Dazzles on Opening Day

Chris Archer

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I want to say right up front that Chris Archer rubs me the wrong way, but there is no denying the talent that the 27-year-old possesses. He exhibited electric stuff on Sunday, striking out 12 in just five innings of work. In fact, if not for some opening-inning jitters, which saw him throw 31 pitches, he might have gone deeper and given his team a chance to win.

What impressed me the most was that he came back out for the fifth inning trailing 3-1 and having already thrown 93 pitches. He came out for the fifth and struck out Edwin Encarnacion, Troy Tulowitzki, and Chris Colabello on 14 pitches. Hell, I half expected him to come out for the fifth.

So why does Chris Archer bug me? I think he shows far too much cockiness for someone who has barely three years in the bigs. I think the straw that broke the camel’s back for me was thi spring when he berated a Rays rookie for showing up “only” 30 minutes early for a meeting? How about he just worries about himself instead of trying to be a big man on campus?

I honestly think he has the ability to be a Cy Young Award winner one day. His fastball has a lot of late movement and his slider looks near impossible to hit at times. The only thing standing in his way is him. He needs to focus on his game and not worry about his desire to be a team leader, or team “spokesman” when he decides to tell veteran players how they should play the game. (Ask a few of the Red Sox vets about that – and I’ll bet they are one in a long line.)

But I love to watch him pitch.

Also in this Episode:

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