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Jake Arrieta's pitching line from April 21 doesn't look impressive. But the newly acquired Cub left a strong
impression on hitters from the Dodgers while giving up five runs in 4 2/3 innings that day in Baltimore. He struck out six and some LA hitters told Ken Rosenthal that Arrieta's stuff that day compared to the Mets' Matt Harvey, who faced the Dodgers three days later. Said catcher A.J. Ellis to Rosenthal: “The stuff he threw up at me was stuff I haven’t seen all year – the sharpness of his pitches, the way his fastball darted out of the zone. He has really high upside. I thought it was an awesome trade by the Cubs.” Arrieta was clocked as high as 98 mph last Friday in his first outing for Triple-A Iowa. Command and a tendency toward big innings has always been Arrieta's downfall. He's a project that the Cubs are happy to undertake.