ST.LOUIS -- He’s on a roll of a lifetime as 18-game winner Jake Arrieta prepares for his next start on Thursday against the Philadelphia Phillies. In between workouts and bullpen sessions the Chicago Cubs righty -- and Cy Young award candidate -- took time to answer your questions.
What is it actually like in Chicago this summer? It's been an amazing journey so far can't imagine being directly involved #AskArrieta— Scot Surprenant (@ScotSoups) September 7, 2015
Jake Arrieta: It's a gratifying experience. Being with a group of guys and all pulling on the same rope and being on a winning team. There's no substitute for that. It's a privilege because only a handful of teams are winning teams and get a chance to go the playoffs and roll the dice and win a World Series. That's the position we're in now. We're one of those teams with that opportunity so it's special.
Who was your favorite team/player as a kid growing up? #AskArrieta— DBrummitt(TheCubWay) (@GDanielBrummitt) September 7, 2015
JA: Either the Texas Rangers or Seattle Mariners because of Nolan Ryan and Randy Johnson. I think I liked Seattle because they played Texas so much and were good with Jay Buhner, Ken Griffey Jr., Edgar Martinez. I gravitated towards the Mariners.
Who's the toughest batter you've faced this season? Not the best, but your personal toughest out. #AskArrieta— Anthony (@anthlaud) September 7, 2015
JA: The obvious is Miguel Cabrera. He's always an incredibly difficult out. He's the best. It doesn't matter what the scouting report says he can hit it.
Does your dominant pitching have anything to do with your immaculate beard? #AskArrieta— brett (@brettburton1) September 7, 2015
JA: (laughing) No, it doesn't benefit my pitching. But, you feel good, you play good. So maybe that has something to do with it. I think it looks good so you look good, you feel good, you play good. That works.
#AskArrieta How do you relax in the offseason?— Wrigley Schnauzer (@wrigleyschnauzr) September 7, 2015
JA: A lot of ways. Quiet time with the family. On the water, on the mountain, eating good food. Being with friends and family. We're outside for a good amount of each day. If it's not raining we enjoy nature. Get outside. It's important for me to get my kids outdoors at an early age and active.
9th inning against the dodgers. What's racing through your head? Calm thoughts or no hitter? #AskArrieta— Harry Goldenblatt (@MiggyGnar) September 7, 2015
JA: See what fingers he's putting down, take a deep breath and execute the pitch. That's really it. Nothing more.
#AskArrieta Do you think you would have had more success in Baltimore had you been allowed to use your cutter?— Tyler Millage (@tylermillage) September 7, 2015
JA: No. That's the quick, short answer. There were so many other things I didn't do well. I didn't command the fastball. I didn't get ahead of the count so using my cutter wouldn't have done me much good. If I'm in a 2-0 count and I can't locate the cutter what good does it do.
What is your favorite pre game song to listen to before a start? #AskArrieta— Kyle Stewart Malzhan (@Clutchbaby_) September 7, 2015
JA: I don't have one. I'm not a big favorites guy. Movies, I like "Mad Max" right now because I just saw it. If you ask me two years ago it's a different answer. Same song-wise. It depends on my mood. If I'm on the beach I want to listen to some relaxing, calming musical. Tropical stuff. If I'm getting ready for a game its electronic maybe some heavy guitar. Classic rock or alternative. Stuff like that.
JA: Probably looking because the hitter has two strikes, he's ready to swing, trying to protect. So if you freeze a guy with two strikes that's pretty good. But I'll take both. Either way.
JA: There's a lot I'd like to do. My Pilates instructor and I have talked about running our own facility. We might actually start that in the next couple of years. I've looked into opening a health food store or juice bar. Things that are in the health, wellness or fitness arena. Those are things I'm passionate about. Maybe something in the restaurant industry. I know some chefs and people that can steer me in the right direction. It's still up in the air but there's a lot on the plate I'd like to get involved in.