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  1. Id also like to see what Rick Peterson can do with him in AAA. Albeit one start, Chris Tillman hit 95+ in the 8th inning, when before this year he rarely hit that speed ever, if at all.

    Comment by Kyle H — July 11, 2012 @ 3:08 pm

  2. Peripherals!!!!

    Comment by Jsh — July 11, 2012 @ 3:09 pm

  3. Nice write-up. Since you mentioned him briefly at the top…what are your feelings about Chris Tillman in the second half as a MLB starter?

    Comment by JR — July 11, 2012 @ 3:10 pm

  4. I dont believe in any of these fancy pants stats. Back in my day we didnt need stats to tell us if a player is good at baseball. Let me tell you Jake isnt. He just doesnt have it, he doesnt pass the look test. Now Hoss Randbourn, theres a pitcher that had it.

    Comment by Parlay — July 11, 2012 @ 3:13 pm

  5. My boi AJ throws better than Arietta.

    Comment by ZNATE — July 11, 2012 @ 3:15 pm

  6. Kimbrel >>>> Arrieta

    Comment by 286 — July 11, 2012 @ 3:16 pm

  7. Very nice write up. Can you share your home address so I can come and congratulate you personally on a job well done.

    Comment by Oral — July 11, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

  8. Andino sucks

    Comment by FTN — July 11, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

  9. A very boring and unremarkable write up. You need some lessons. I would be glad to help you.

    Comment by bkmalik — July 11, 2012 @ 3:22 pm

  10. What channel is the game on. I cant find it.

    Comment by Nats fan — July 11, 2012 @ 3:23 pm

  11. Less Than Jake.

    Comment by lester bangs — July 11, 2012 @ 3:28 pm

  12. At least Jake isnt as bad as Doc Gooden.

    Comment by Jay — July 11, 2012 @ 3:28 pm

  13. Porcello >> Arrieta

    Comment by Detroitterp — July 11, 2012 @ 3:28 pm

  14. Just give him some Gatorade he will be fine

    Comment by Buddha — July 11, 2012 @ 3:29 pm

  15. Zippermann won’t think outside the (spreadsheet) box.

    Comment by lester bangs — July 11, 2012 @ 3:30 pm

  16. Arrieta is the biggest bust since Matt Wieters

    Comment by Majopa — July 11, 2012 @ 3:33 pm

  17. BUT HIS ERA IS SO HIGH

    Comment by 54321 — July 11, 2012 @ 3:37 pm

  18. Who designed the comments section to not need approval, the best and brightest?

    Comment by Jeff Ermann — July 11, 2012 @ 3:39 pm

  19. Yea, but have you seen him pitch from a press box?

    Comment by TheAman — July 11, 2012 @ 3:39 pm

  20. Did you guys know that Bryce Harper is only 19?

    Comment by FP Santangelo — July 11, 2012 @ 3:41 pm

  21. 19? Too old.

    Comment by Jerry Sandusky — July 11, 2012 @ 3:41 pm

  22. I aint see nothing

    Comment by Joe Paterno — July 11, 2012 @ 3:41 pm

  23. Arrieta sucks. Trade him and Schoop for Kershaw.

    Comment by ravensnterps — July 11, 2012 @ 3:42 pm

  24. I would welcome Arrieta in a trade package for Greinke.

    Comment by Justin — July 11, 2012 @ 3:44 pm

  25. I’ll go out on a limb and guess that if the they could, they would. Unfortunately (and I don’t know who came up with these rules), the Dodgers get a say in this too.

    Comment by GoToWarMissAgnes — July 11, 2012 @ 3:49 pm

  26. Well before forming an opinion I better check keith laws and Rochs twitter.

    Comment by FTN — July 11, 2012 @ 3:54 pm

  27. The Nationals are the greatest team since the ’27 Yankees, and the best thing to ever happen to me (or all of mankind, really). And yes, I wear my Harper jersey in the pressbox.

    Comment by Boz — July 11, 2012 @ 3:57 pm

  28. In my view as bad as Arrieta was in the first year of his career thats how as bad he has been now.

    Comment by Tim McCarver — July 11, 2012 @ 4:00 pm

  29. The comments on this article have been a DISGUSTING ACT.

    Comment by Joe Buck — July 11, 2012 @ 4:00 pm

  30. If Ron Paul was the manager of the Orioles they wouldnt lose a game.

    Comment by Majopa — July 11, 2012 @ 4:01 pm

  31. OINK OINK

    Comment by TheOx — July 11, 2012 @ 4:04 pm

  32. Boy this Arrieta kid is good. If I had to get in the box and face him I would be shaking in my boots.

    Comment by Michael J Fox — July 11, 2012 @ 4:04 pm

  33. Has anyone heard that sick new song? I think it’s called “Werewolves of Thunder”

    Comment by TheHugeCZ — July 11, 2012 @ 4:08 pm

  34. Yall just nede to give Jake sum moar time and have pations.

    Comment by Annette Cameron — July 11, 2012 @ 4:09 pm

  35. IIIIIIIIINNNNDDDDDYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!

    Comment by terpyderby — July 11, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

  36. Hey Jake, this isnt TCU anymore.

    Comment by Damascusterp — July 11, 2012 @ 4:12 pm

  37. When is the next Nicki Minaj concert? I beez in da trap beez beez in da trap

    Comment by 54321 — July 11, 2012 @ 4:14 pm

  38. -36 Run Differential in the first half??

    -Playoffs!!!!!

    Comment by Blind Orioles Fan — July 11, 2012 @ 4:14 pm

  39. I’m going to have to review Arrieta’s contract

    Comment by Shawn Fatcock — July 11, 2012 @ 4:14 pm

  40. Well since January 8th at 6:36pm Jake Arrieta has a xvdsfip of 3.16 and an R2d2 of .56. This suggests he is good.

    Comment by FTN and JSH — July 11, 2012 @ 4:15 pm

  41. This comment section is completely baffling to me. I am aware that they may serve as some sort of performance art, and that at least 30 of these are the same person under different pseudonyms indulging in some kind of bizarre stream of consciousness, but the joke eludes me.

    Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — July 11, 2012 @ 4:17 pm

  42. Whatever happened to that Zach Britton fella?

    Comment by Oliver — July 11, 2012 @ 4:27 pm

  43. “I don’t need a weatherman to tell me it’s rainin’, I just stick my head out da winda.”

    Alton Benes

    Comment by Wobatus — July 11, 2012 @ 4:42 pm

  44. Adam Jones and Matt Wieters traded…

    Comment by JeffErmann — July 11, 2012 @ 5:22 pm

  45. He will get it together eventually. This is a dangerous case where it is tempting to evaluate somebody based on results rather than the method. Just because the results have been bad over a large sample does not mean he isn’t doing the right things. Sometimes unlikely bad results happen over big samples, it’s a low probability event but without the yearly Jake Arrieta’s of the world, it would be a no probability event.

    Comment by Colin — July 11, 2012 @ 6:31 pm

  46. Shoulder problems, plus (IMO) higher ratings as a prospect then deserved based on his stuff and not his results which were not that of an elite prospect.

    Comment by Colin — July 11, 2012 @ 6:34 pm

  47. I don’t think I’ve ever seen somebody experiencing a psychotic break in an internet comments section before. It looks like it took him about an hour to write all of those comments. I think it would be really interesting to see a video of this character while he was doing it.

    Comment by Bizarrely Intrigued — July 11, 2012 @ 6:38 pm

  48. i have a scary feeling that even the people posting normally on this are all the same person just screwing with us. really, this is the most impressive flash flood of comments i’ve ever seen.

    Comment by henry — July 11, 2012 @ 7:18 pm

  49. Personally I would like to see the Joe Buck persona come to predominate over the 18 other ones. And then comment regularly.

    Comment by hernandez17 — July 11, 2012 @ 7:30 pm

  50. did anyone ever say he wasnt?

    Comment by Kyle H — July 11, 2012 @ 7:48 pm

  51. Jake Arrieta’s changeup is absolutely not “above average”. It is average at best. The speed difference is mediocre, he doesn’t get great movement on it, and his command of the pitch is ATROCIOUS. It’s not that far off from being a good pitch but to call it an above average pitch at this point is ridiculous.

    Comment by Kyle — July 11, 2012 @ 8:16 pm

  52. Jake needs to stop letting batters speed up their bats by throwing off-speed. He has a 95 mph heater and the bats are too slow. Reminds me of 1977 when I threw 319 innings. Against Kansas City that year, Frank White was on second and I was pitching to Brett. I didn’t have my best stuff that day, but lets be honest, my C game was good enough to dominate, and in this era I’d be a $20MM/year pitcher. Earl came to the mound and I told him all he knew about pitching was that he couldn’t hit it. I think I went something like 20-11 that year and it was not our best team. What were we talking about again?

    Comment by JimPalmer — July 11, 2012 @ 9:02 pm

  53. Yeah, I posted normally way the hell up there and I still have no idea if I was replying to a normal poster, or if there had been any normal posters at that point. It was a strange, claustrophobic, paranoid feeling, like that part of the psychological thriller film where they convince the hero that he’s the mad one and everyone else in the asylum is perfectly sane.

    Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — July 11, 2012 @ 9:04 pm

  54. This article was link in a certain online community. What you are seeing in the comments is a certain person parodying well known posters on that online community.

    Comment by Clarity — July 11, 2012 @ 9:10 pm

  55. I’m going with what Jim Palmer says over and over about Arrieta: throw the pitches that you are able to command, ditch the pitches (except for bullpen sessions) you aren’t able to throw for strikes or keep away from the middle of the strike zone.
    Palmer recommends: stick with your fastball and curve for now and cut back on the other pitches. His “show” pitches, esp. his slider, are getting hammered.
    He’d like to say: throw strikes and trust your defense behind you, but with Betemit/Reynolds at third, and Davis/Reynolds at first, that would be madness.

    Comment by balticfox1917 — July 11, 2012 @ 9:58 pm

  56. Hey, I just read you
    And it was crazy!
    I’m Arrieta
    And you can’t shake me…

    Comment by Radivel — July 11, 2012 @ 10:24 pm

  57. The comment section made my night.

    Thank you

    Comment by Tucker — July 12, 2012 @ 12:16 am

  58. I think Tillman should have a decent second half. I would like to see him pitch against a team with a better offense though. The Orioles need him to be solid down the stretch because the Starting Pitching has struggled in recent weeks.

    Comment by CubsFan16 — July 12, 2012 @ 12:58 am

  59. Jake is still suffering the retribution of the baseball gods for his blasphemous mustache of years past. Hopefully the gods will one day acknowledge his remorse and redirect their wrath to Derek Holland. Maybe by then the Orioles will field a defense that can catch the fucking ball.

    Comment by Brandon — July 12, 2012 @ 1:19 am

  60. I’ve really enjoyed the comment section so far. Keep it up guys!!

    Comment by Ryan — July 12, 2012 @ 2:20 am

  61. Arrieta is going back back back back back back back back back back back back back back back to the minors

    Comment by Chris Berman — July 12, 2012 @ 4:54 am

  62. Can you translate this article to Spanish por favor?

    Comment by Sammy Sosa — July 12, 2012 @ 4:58 am

  63. Back to the minors for Arrieta, seeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee ya

    Comment by Michael Kay — July 12, 2012 @ 5:02 am

  64. I talked to an AL scout at the beginning of the year and they told me 2the ball was coming out of his hand like never before. I also talked to two NL executives who saw him pitch last year and they really believe his stuff will carry through the whole year.

    Tim Kurkjian……….espn

    Comment by Tim Kurkjian — July 12, 2012 @ 5:14 am

  65. I frequently read that one pitcher or another is “unclutch” as you described Arrieta or whose top notch stuff doesn’t yield top notch results .Though I very rarely hear it mentioned as a possible cause , might inability to pitch effectively from the stretch be the problem ? It seems that there are many pitchers who have dominant stuff , but are prone to giving up the big inning . While there are probably psychological issues involved to some degree or another ,I have suspected for a while that pitching from the stretch or using the slide step might be a big part of the problem and I continue to be surprised that it is almost never put forth as a cause .

    Comment by Dirck — July 12, 2012 @ 6:39 am

  66. “Master of the House, Doling out the charm, Ready with a handshake and an open palm!”

    BTW, I pretty much think everyone’s gay.

    Comment by Aldon Benes — July 12, 2012 @ 10:07 am

  67. Lee Smith>>>>Lee Tunnell

    Comment by Aldon Benes — July 12, 2012 @ 10:09 am

  68. Too young to be pregnant. He should’ve used protection.

    Comment by Brian McGee — July 12, 2012 @ 10:10 am

  69. In what universe is Matt Wieters a “bust”?

    Comment by RP McMurphy — July 12, 2012 @ 4:27 pm

  70. White-Beard Englishman, you need a class in logic? You accuse these sweet fangraphs posters of sitting around the basement, using SYNONYMS to post. Do you really think that is happening. My successful DAUGHTERS would never behave that way? You shouldn’t try to stop the FREE SPEECH on the internet, let posters say what they want to. We don’t need the mods? FRED44TERP

    Comment by FRED44TERP — July 12, 2012 @ 7:31 pm

  71. Jacob “Jake” Arrieta is going through a rough patch but it’s certainly not as rough as the time James Thomas “Deacon” McGuire, when pitching for the Toledo Blue Stockings threw 34 straight balls and was moved to catcher! From then, as we all know he went on to a stellar career for a number of teams including my beloved Washington Statesmen. And talk about multitasking! He found time to manage at the same time! In that way, Deacon reminds us of Benjamin David “Benny” Goodman’s alternating between the ol’ licorice stick and leading the band!

    Jake should see if his arm plays better behind the dish.

    Comment by umcp77 — July 12, 2012 @ 7:37 pm

  72. Marissa Colman “lay-in”. Lady Terps 32, Lady Deacs 21.

    Kristi Tolliver turnover. Lady Deacs ball.

    Comment by umcp77 — July 12, 2012 @ 7:43 pm

  73. Jeff Ermann stuck a dildo down Ken Gerhart’s ass.

    Comment by Viper652 Xray — July 12, 2012 @ 11:40 pm

  74. I wish I could have molested Nick Markakis in my free candy van when he was 5 years old.

    Comment by Oralterpitude — July 12, 2012 @ 11:45 pm

  75. Maybe if Jake Arrieta could have Adam Jones playing in the stands to rob HR’s, his ERA wouldn’t be so high.

    Comment by coltsfan — July 12, 2012 @ 11:55 pm

  76. If Arrieta was one of my schoolkids, he wouldn’t be able to spell ERA.

    Comment by MattW — July 12, 2012 @ 11:58 pm

  77. Where is Toogs to ban him for ruining every thread?

    Comment by HGoodman — July 13, 2012 @ 12:15 am

  78. :Leftyterp

    Comment by Noob — July 13, 2012 @ 1:04 am

  79. I don’t like Arrieta at all. For that matter, I don’t think there is a player I like. Now Spaghetti and meatballs OTOH…

    Comment by Keith Law — July 13, 2012 @ 1:08 am

  80. Even I am better looking than Jake’s pitching.

    Comment by fox's donut — July 13, 2012 @ 6:59 am

  81. Go Jake!
    Woof!

    Comment by BigAlcDog — July 13, 2012 @ 8:04 am

  82. For as bad as Arrieta pitches the complete opposite can be said for how good his dick tastes.

    Comment by Cowboy4eva — July 13, 2012 @ 8:14 am

  83. holy shit, i totally forgot about that coltsfan post lmaooooo

    Comment by Shamwow — July 13, 2012 @ 10:06 am

  84. trade hardy at the 2013 trade deadline
    ????
    Profit

    Comment by turtleinchainz — July 13, 2012 @ 10:16 am

  85. People who only pay attention to superficial stats call Weiters a bust.

    Comment by Brian — July 13, 2012 @ 11:37 am

  86. 19? Why are the best ones always jailbait?

    Comment by JDawg — July 13, 2012 @ 11:52 am

  87. Krzyzewski minions breed alternate life on planet Jupiter while Jason Capel nets triple double. Wuffie hubris on Pack Pride breeds inferiority complex while Mark Gottfried wrestles chupacabras.

    Comment by Roboheel — July 13, 2012 @ 3:16 pm

  88. Anyone have Alana Beard’s current phone number?

    Comment by DML Heel — July 13, 2012 @ 3:20 pm

  89. As long as the Orioles emphasize Baltimore instead of PG county their going to keep having an empty stadium. PG county has the best baseball fans in the entire world.

    Also Im going to get downvoted because these boreds are full of racists but the Orioles treatment of Dontrelle Willis was basically modern day slavery.

    Comment by PGTerp — July 13, 2012 @ 4:05 pm

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