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Personally, I'm a die-hard Red Sox fan but I put attention to every single team in baseball. Every once in a while I like to go to a El Paso Chihuahuas game (the San Diego Padres AAA team plays in the same town I'm currently living), travel to Houston or Arlington to see the Astros and Rangers and take a close look to the upcoming underdog stories in MLB; those are my favorite ones. If you've been paying attention to the National League playoff race, things are heating up at the NL Central with the Cubs, Cardinals and Pirates. Chicago has been lead by an extremely talented pitcher and his name is not Jon Lester, but Jake Arrieta. Arrieta is a 29-year old right-handed starter that is now being considered as a strong candidate for the NL Cy Young Award. With Max Scherzer not having a winning record, it seems that the Cy Young winner is going to be between Arrieta or Zack Greinke. But the story has not always been the same for Arrieta, actually you might say that this is the first year he can be described as an ace.
|Arrieta sitting in the dugout after his|
career-worst outing back in '12. He allowed
9 runs in 4 innings. (Karl Ferron, Baltimore Sun)
And back to Joe Kelly...He is two years younger than Arrieta and having a similar story to the one the Cubs pitcher had. Kelly didn't have a spectacular debut season at the Major League level and hasn't ever been considered as a reliable pitcher. Injuries were one of the main reasons he got traded to the Red Sox and even though we has sort of "ok" last season, he hasn't perfomed at a dependable level (until now). I know how this things work and whenever we compare someone to a legend or begin to have hope, something goes wrong (Exhibit A, Clay Buchholz this season). Kelly is clearly putting an incredible stretch, but also other Red Sox players have done that in the past. Remember Pedro Ciriaco and Will Middlebrooks? Kelly can be having a fluke stretch, and allow 10 hits without recording an out in his next start. It's also probable that he can take a no-hitter to the 8th inning. But also maybe he's going to boost his ERA to 5.50 in the remaining games. And that's the beauty of the game, baseball will always give the best stories because they can't be scripted. For all we know, Arrieta's Cy Young campaign may also be a fluke.
I don't want to jynx it, so I won't say something as a fact. I'll just ask this question and let you answer to me, without jynxing it too. Is it too soon to say that Joe Kelly is the next Jake Arrieta? If he is, let's hope he accomplish it in sooner than later because he is under contract until 2019. Leave your comments below and don't forget to follow us on Twitter at @RedSoxLife and follow me on @iamjorgecamargo for more Red Sox stuff. Jorge Camargo 9/05/2015 07:00:00 AM Tweet