This is possibly one of the best Chicago Cubs teams to take the field in the history of the club. With insane amounts of offensive depth and a scary pitching rotation, these guys will undoubtedly be in discussion as World Series favorites.
Jake Arrieta, who came over to the Cubs in 2013 via trade from the Baltimore Orioles, had an absurd Cy Young award-winning year last season. The Orioles are clearly kicking themselves now-a-days.
Mowing batters down with 236 strikeouts and ending the year with a 1.77 earned run average Arrieta managed to build a record of 22-6.
The long ball was also something that he did not allow to happen while he was on the mound as only ten of them were hit off of him. Being patient also did not work because missing the strike zone or hitting bats was something Arrieta was not fond of since he only walked 48 in 229 innings pitched (1.9 per 9 innings).
Arrieta already hardly gives up runs, but even if he does the offense behind him should be able to make sure he rarely has a loss added to his record. Barring injury, Arrieta is my choice for NL Cy Young winner for a second straight year and the 2016 top pitcher for fantasy owners.