Jake Arrieta is undoubtedly the ace pitcher of the Chicago Cubs and one of the feel-good stories in baseball this season. However, his recent success is causing some MLB rumors that a few players around the league are accusing Arrieta of using performance-enhancing drugs.
According to a report by USA Today, his Cubs teammates have heard rumors from other players saying that the 30-year-old used PEDs after arriving in Chicago from Baltimore. Arrieta is once a promising prospect in the Orioles organization but has struggled in his time there.
“I think it’s funny because I’ve always been in good shape. I just sucked early in my career. I threw 96, 98 (mph) when I was younger. And I still feel like I’ll be able to do that for a long time,” Arrieta said.
In three and a half season in Baltimore, he has compiled a record of 20-25 with a 5.46 ERA before being traded to the Cubs in July 2013. All things changed when he arrived in Chicago where he has a record of 40-13 and a 2.17 ERA.
The 2015 NL Cy Young Award winner has credited the Cubs pitching staff, his diet and work ethic for his success. Cubs manager Joe Maddon said that everyone in baseball becomes suspicious once a player becomes dominant all of a sudden.
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“If people call into question my work ethic, that’s fine, because I know what I’m doing behind the scenes. It is somewhat flattering, especially when some of those comments are coming from some of the best players in the game,” Arrieta added.
It should be noted that is a “fitness freak” with a strict diet and insane workout routine which already broke two new Pilates machines in the Cubs training room. He is also a strong supporter of the MLB’s drug-testing policy that was implemented along with the player’s union.
Arrieta has started the season with a 4-0 record and 0.87 ERA. He has also thrown his second-career no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds on April 21.
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