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For Chicago Cubs top pitcher, Pilates saved his career

Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta works out on a Pilates reformer with trainer Jessica Mendoza. Arrieta has said Pilates turned his career around.

Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta works out on a Pilates reformer. Arrieta has said Pilates turned his career around.

From Rose Alcantara:

One of the hottest pitchers in Major League Baseball today was nearly a wash-up after his disastrous 2013 season.

When Jake Arrieta was traded by Baltimore to the Chicago Cubs in July 2013 his ERA (earned run average) was a ghastly 7.23. Batters were pounding everything he threw at them.

Fast forward to last season and the current one.

According to Associated Press, “The Cubs have won Arrieta’s last 17 starts, tying a franchise record. He’ll face the Brewers on Wednesday night (April 27, 2016) trying improve on a 24-game stretch in which he’s 20-1 with an 0.86 ERA, 33 walks and 173 strikeouts.”

After the mid-season All-Star break last year, Arrieta won 12 games and lost one with a 0.75 ERA over 103 1/3 innings in 15 starts. He went on to receive the coveted Cy Young Award as outstanding pitcher of the year.

What changed for the 30-year-old pitcher from those Baltimore days? Continue reading

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