If you've followed the career of Jake Arrieta, you already know that he is confident beyond his years, but he showed on Friday why manager Buck Showalter had no problem handing him the ball on Opening Day.
Arrieta just left the game after giving up just two hits over seven scoreless innings. He threw 97 pitches and left with a four-run lead. He'll probably say he could have gone another inning, but we're talking about a guy who had a huge bone chip removed from his elbow last August...and a guy with so much potential that Showalter wasn't going to take any chances in his first start of the regular season.
What more could anyone ask? If the Orioles can get seven solid innings out of their starting pitchers on a fairly regular basis, they will be able to compete with anyone. Arrieta figures to be able to give them that. We'll have to wait and see if the other guys can play follow the leader.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun