MFST’s MLB Player of the Month: Jake Arrieta
Arrieta allowed six singles, two walks and struck out five to improve to 5-2 with a 2.16 ERA. He generated weak contact throughout. The Dodgers’ average exit velocity against Arrieta registered 80.9 mph, Arrieta’s lowest mark in a start this season and the Dodgers’ second-lowest mark against a starter in 2018.
The Phillies prized free agent acquisition in the offseason has lived up to his ace billing. Arrieta went 2-1 with a 0.90 ERA in five starts in May. He did not allow a run in three of those starts.
Philadelphia is right in the thick of the NL East race early in the season. At 30-22, they sit in third place but only one game back one the leading Braves.
Arrieta is a big reason for the turnaround…
“He’s been really dependable early in the season,” Gabe Kapler said of Arrieta. “We sort of look forward to his starts for that reason. We expect that we’re going to get length. We expect that we’re going to get efficiency. We expect that he’s going to be composed and the moment’s not going to be too big for him. He’s demonstrated those characteristics in the past. So we expect them. He sets a high bar for himself. Then he steps up and meets that bar.
“It’s nice to have that guy on the roster, for sure. It’s nice to have a veteran starter with a long track record of not just success but stretches of dominance. That’s what we’re seeing from Jake right now.”
“He senses the big moment,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. “He knows when it’s on the line. From yesterday, we needed to show some resiliency. We needed to come back and show the heart and the character of this team. Jake is sort of representative of that heart and character.”
With Arrieta’s month of May he has been named MFST’s Player of the Month…what an accomplishment for the veteran hurler, we know.