Pitching turned out to be one of the Cubs' strengths in 2014, especially the emergence of Jake Arrieta as a top starting pitcher. Here are your nominees for Best Pitching Appearance of the year. (One of these, you have also seen in another category!)
- June 30: Jake Arrieta takes a perfect game into the eighth inning against the Red Sox in Boston
- July 29: John Baker's pitching appearance and scoring the winning run in the 16-inning win over the Rockies -- you can watch here and here
- September 16: Jake Arrieta takes a no-hitter into the eighth inning against the Reds at Wrigley Field
There were some other Arrieta outings that were nearly as good, but those two were his best. Which one was better? You decide.
After we submit our nominees, a SB Nation committee will hold a nationwide vote for the winner. The rest of the categories will follow in separate posts today and tomorrow. Register your vote! (Note: my choice of photo for this post does not necessarily reflect my vote in this category.)