Arrieta Gets Hammered In First Padres Start; Leaves with Injury


Who didn't see this one coming? Jake Arrieta, who the San Diego Padres signed out of desperation earlier this week, with his 6.88 ERA, lasted just 3.1 innings in his first start with the Padres, giving up 5 runs and then leaving with an apparent injury. What's also apparent, is that Los Angeles Dodgers fans are having a lot of fun with it.

Arrieta had an 8.95 ERA in his final 15 starts for the Chicago Cubs before they cut him last week, and that led to today's start in Colorado being the highest over/under of the season in all of baseball, at 14 runs.  

The 37-year-old anti-vaxxer was released by the Cubs after allowing 8 earned runs on 11 hits in just 4 innings, and then after the game trying to embarrass a reporter by asking him to remove his mask (thereby, of course, embarrassing himself). That was the final straw for the Cubs. 

The Padres are obviously desperate for pitching help, with 3 key starters on the injured list (plus Mike Clevinger, who is out for the year). But it's unclear after yet another disastrous outing (and a possible injury) just how long the Arrieta experiment is going to last. 

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