Off the Mound with Ryan Dempster

Jake Arrieta reminisces on his two no-hitters with Cubs

4 years agoStaff Report

Former Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta has two incredible pitching performances in his career, throwing a pair of no-hitters in 2015 and 2016. He shared those moments on Off The Mound with Ryan Dempster. 

It is an incredible feat when a pitcher throws a no-hitter in his career, but Arrieta admitted he doesn’t start thinkin about it until the 6th or 7th inning. 

“I’ve had a bunch of them through 5 innings. And it’s like ‘OK, I still have 12 outs left.’ That’s no easy task to assume that you’re going to go four hitless innings right at the end of the baseball game. Especially when teams know because they’re trying to break it up and especially if you’re in their ballpark,” Arrieta said. 

The first no-hitter Arrieta threw was in Dodger Stadium in 2015 against the Dodgers on Sunday Night Baseball. The year before, Arrieta made a special purchase that he wore leading up to that game.

“In 2014, I made a brief rehab stint in Knoxville. I went to this little shop and bought this mustache onesie that I thought I might wear once or twice. I ended up pulling it out for the no-hitter. On the way back, I did my interviews in it because it was a PJ theme trip,” Arrieta said. “It was one of those weird things that came back full circle.”

The second no-hitter came against the Reds in 2016 near the start of the season. 

“I threw the second one on April 21, 2016 against Cincinnati. I never thought I’d do it again and let alone not 10 or however many starts later,” Arrieta said.

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