From Comcast SportsNet Chicago:
- Could Jake Arrieta win the Cy Young award this season? Tony Andracki takes a look at Arrieta's numbers side-by-side with the other front-runners.
- Cy Young or not, Patrick Mooney writes that Arrieta has cemented his status as one of the game's best pitchers.
- Mooney also writes that Arrieta is the new billboard for the Cubs: Supremely confident and not waiting around for the future.
- Meanwhile, on the Jon Lester front, there's still plenty of press about what to do regarding his case of the yips.
- And if that leaves you feeling a bit down, here are the Cubs in their pajamas.
- Phil Rogers also chimes on on Jake Arrieta's no-hitter, saying that it was more inevitable than unbelieveable.
- So, about that error by Starlin Castro on the ball hit by Enrique Hernandez... was it really an error? Castro was completely confident that it was, saying that if the official scorer had ruled it a hit "I'd tell them to switch it."
- Joe Maddon is looking forward to getting David Ross teamed up with Jon Lester again.
- Two Cubs made this week's MLB Pipeline Team of the Week: Double-A Tennessee catcher Willson Contreras and Short Season-A Eugene right-hander Oscar De La Cruz.
- Apparently Superman and Batman were popular pajama choices.
From ESPN Chicago:
- There was plenty of on-the-field reaction to Jake Arrieta's no-hitter, including Justin Grimm and Hector Rondon being unaware of the fact that Arrieta had actually done it.
- A major factor in the no-hitter: Arrieta's down-and-in slider to lefties which accounted for eight of his 12 whiffs.
- It's not just the writers who think Arrieta has reached elite status; it's also his peers on the field.
- Which of the playoff contenders has the best bullpen? Christina Kahrl takes a look at the pens of each of the teams in the playoff hunt.
From CBS Chicago:
- [AUDIO] In case you missed Pat Hughes' call of the final out of Jake Arrieta's no-hitter, here it is.
- Tim Baffoe thanks Arrieta for all of the favors that Arrieta has done for him this season.
- Dan Bernstein also believes that the play to Starlin Castro in Sunday night's game was correctly called an error.
- This week's "Behind the Plate" looks at the quick work done to transform Wrigley Field into a concert venue.
From the Chicago Tribune:
- Mark Gonzales writes that Jake Arrieta has plenty of goals remaining this season in the push for a playoff spot.
- There was only one way to listen to Arrieta's no-hitter, writes Paul Sullivan, and that was to listen to Pat Hughes call it.
- As for the moustache onesie that Arrieta was wearing in his post-game press conference, it caused enough of a buzz for the maker of it to reboot his web site to handle the demand for new orders.
From the Chicago Sun-Times:
- The celebration for Jake Arrieta continued back at Wrigley Field on Monday as he was honored by Tom Ricketts before the game against the Reds.
- Ricketts isn't trying to look too far ahead into the playoffs, even if Jesse White is.
- Rick Morrissey writes that with the calendar flipping over to September, everything is about to get much more real.
- Morrissey also writes that while today's Cubs fans may not be interested in the past, that won't stop the national media from making it a major part of their narrative for every playoff game the Cubs are in.
- David Price sent his congratulations to Arrieta via Twitter on Monday morning. Let the rumors begin.
- The acquisition of Austin Jackson from the Mariners doesn't mean the end of mixing and matching in the lineup, writes Brian Sandalow.
From Bleacher Nation:
- Brett Taylor presents a summary of everything you need to know about the beginning of September as it pertains to rosters.
- In tandem with the Cubs' acquisition of Austin Jackson, Mike Olt was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.
- Neil Ramirez is beginning his road back from injury with a rehab assignment at Double-A Tennessee.
From Chicago Cubs Online:
- The Cubs have another pitcher of the week as Eric Jokisch earned the honors in the Pacific Coast League, posting a 2-0 record with a 0.69 ERA and 0.69 WHIP last week at Triple-A Iowa.
From Cubs Insider:
- What was a big key to Jake Arrieta's success in the month of August? Getting batters to pummel the ball into the ground.
- Mark Brown from SB Nation sister site Camden Chat writes that Orioles fans should be happy for Jake Arrieta and not lament trading him away, because he was never going to be the pitcher for the Orioles that he has become for the Cubs.
Today's food for thought: