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Why some players wonder if Jake Arrieta is making history or make-believe

A healthy cynicism of Arrieta’s otherworldly achievements is good for the game. Plus, Maeda-mania draws near, Rob Manfred takes on the Goose and Thor takes Manhattan

Jake Arrieta is hearing whispers about magic pills, and they’re coming from within.

Arrieta says there are folks around the league, colleagues, who wonder about a pitcher who transforms from just another prospect who couldn’t harness his stuff to 15-0 with a 0.65 ERA in 17 prior starts. They wonder a little more when they take it back 24 starts: 20-1. 0.86 ERA with 91 hits allowed over 178 innings, 173 strikeouts, 33 walks and 0.697 WHIP cream that goes well with a pair of no-hit cherries on top.

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