The National League winner for the 2015 Cy Young award is Jake Arrieta of the Cubs, who topped two Dodgers contenders in Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw.
The Cubs feature a seven-man bullpen that was basically all acquired on the cheap, some of it off the veritable scrap heap.
With the likes of Dallas Keuchel, Carlos Correa and George Springer on the roster, the Astros future prospects look even brighter.
Just over two seasons ago, Jake Arrieta was essentially discarded by a contender. Now he just enjoyed the best post-Deadball Era season ever by a Cubs pitcher.
The jobs of both Matt Williams and Terry Collins could hang in the balance of the NL East race
Michael Conforto has adjusted to the majors nicely, and his manager has rewarded him accordingly. What about Fantasy owners? Al Melchior looks at his progress, as well as that of three other outfielders.
Jake Arrieta is an elite-level ace and making a push for a Cy Young. The no-hitter was just the cherry on top of an amazing month.
Throwing back a home run ball (other than in Wrigley) is dumb. So is getting mad at opposing batters for how they approach the box and forbidding stirrups.
After closing out the first half in terrible fashion, the Houston Astros have won six of seven. Friday night, new starter Scott Kazmir was excellent in his Astros debut, too.
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