Less than casual baseball fans go to the games to see balls go 500 feet into the stands and to see runs upon runs come across the plate.
Me on the other hand, I have learned to appreciate the games that end 1-0 or 2-1.
I have learned to appreciate the pitching duals and the struggles that every at bat provides when the Goliaths of the pitching world come to town.
I’m one of those guys that checks the Pirate’s schedule weeks in advance and tries to pick out when one of Major League Baseball’s best pitchers come to PNC Park.
My choices for American League and National League Cy Young fall under the type of pitcher that I will splurge on tickets for to see when they come to Pittsburgh.
You see, in my opinion, pitching wins championships.
A team can score all the runs that they want, but if they don’t have a pitcher that can paint the corners and make the opposing batter chase after his breaking pitch with two strikes, you aren’t going to win many games.
Let’s start with Arrieta and what he has done for, in my opinion, the most exciting team to watch in the MLB in the Chicago Cubs.
Before 2015, Arrieta was just an average pitcher.
He had a 34-32 record with a 3.81 ERA and 481 strikeouts.
In 2015 for the Cubs, Arrieta has become the only 20 game winner in the majors at the moment and has added on 220 strikeouts with a 1.88 ERA.
That means that Arrieta has accumulated a healthy chunk of his wins and his strikeouts in this year alone.
It’s not like he has done this for a sub-par baseball club either.
I mean, I’m sure most of you saw the Back to the Future movies.
This is the year the Cubs break the 107 year World Series streak.
The most impressive thing out of Arrieta’s season is how he pitches away from Wrigley Field.
Arrieta has posted a 12-1 record with a 1.68 earned run average and two complete games on the road this season.
Not to mention that he has gone 8-0 since the beginning of August while the Cubs are in a pennant race.
In the American League, Keuchel has been lighting up the league just like Arrieta.
Keuchel has posted an 18-8 record with a 2.51 ERA and 203 strikeouts.
Keuchel uses the spacious outfield of Minute Maid Park to his advantage in going 14-0 in his home starts with two complete games and two shutouts.
In August, while the Astros were fighting off the Texas Rangers and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, he went 4-1 with a 1.94 ERA.
There is no doubt that these two are among the top five pitchers in Major League Baseball this year.