Closer Huston Street took strong exception to any insinuation — inside or outside the game — that Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta might have used performance-enhancing drugs to transform himself from a struggling Baltimore Orioles starter to one of the best pitchers in the game.
“I hear people say, ‘Oh, this guy all of a sudden came out of nowhere,'” Street said. “No, he didn’t. He was a first-round pick. He was supposed to have been a stud for four years. It just took him a little longer.
“All of a sudden, he’s pitching deep into games now? You mean a 6-foot-5 guy who works out six hours a day is not in shape enough to go deep into games?”
Arrieta, the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner, told reporters in Chicago on Tuesday that some teammates have told him that other players have wondered whether he is cheating.
Arrieta, who was actually a fifth-round pick, threw his second career no-hitter last week against Cincinnati and is 20-1 with an 0.86 earned-run average over his last 24 starts dating back to last season.