MILWAUKEE -- The Jake Arrieta for NL Cy Young bandwagon continued to roll Friday night, all the way into its final regular-season stop.
It is impossible to diminish the rare and historic quality of Arrieta's work over the last three-plus months. His 0.75 ERA since the All-Star break is the lowest post-All-Star break ERA in Major League history. In his 20 starts since June 21, Arrieta has an ERA of 0.86, not to mention a 16-1 record. His 22 victories are the most by a Cub pitcher since Ferguson Jenkins won 24 in 1971. His 1.77 ERA for the season is the best for a Cubs qualifying pitcher since Grover Cleveland Alexander put up a 1.91 in 1920.
Mike Bauman is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.