Jake Arrieta asserts he still has gas left in the tank
Jake Arrieta has struggled during the Chicago Cubs’ losing streak. He asserts he still has gas left in the tank after he was criticized because he looked a step slower. At 35 years of age, it is obvious that people think this way but Jake wants to prove himself to the Cubs and the fans.
As the veteran starter on the Cubs squad, Jake shoulders a great deal of responsibility with the team. He is one of the most trusted players on the squad even though he re-joined the team earlier this year after three seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies.
After their June 6 loss to the Phillies, he addressed the questions regarding his status within the team. He said, ‘Not even close. This sucks. Really, it does. But, I'm not going to hang my head. I'm going to continue to work. I'm going to do whatever needs to be done’.
During this losing streak, Jake has been exposed for his slow pitches and some of his bad decisions. He might be too slow for the Cubs and it looks like the fans are fed up with him on the field. He needs to be a big part of the rotation to do something productive but he has not used his time well to secure a spot.
It looks like Cubs head coach David Ross agrees with the sentiment because he’s looking into what has made Jake a net negative on the team.
‘I've got to look at that. We've got a lot going on. Eleven losses in a row’, the coach said. ‘I think there's a lot to look at. I'll wrap my brain around this one tonight and try to attack the problems in the morning. The offence may have found a spark. Hopefully, we can carry some of that into and get better in the other areas we were weak in’.
It will be interesting to see how it all plays out for Jake and the rest of the Cubs squad when Ross makes his adjustments. If Jake wants to improve, he needs to learn some lessons and being out of the rotation can do that for him.
Words: Cholo Martin