MLB Teams with aces up their sleeves

What do all of this year’s top contenders for the World Series crown have in common? An ace up their sleeve. 2017 has marked a year of unprecedented offensive output in the MLB. Rumors of “juiced” baseballs have surfaced. Herculean sluggers like Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge pushed the realms of reality in the this year’s Home Run Derby. Superstars such as Mike Trout, Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Arenado, and Joey Votto have continued to improve on what are already borderline Cooperstown-worthy careers. However, in the midst of all of this offensive output, we have also seen four pitchers put together historically impressive seasons. Max Scherzer, Clayton Kershaw, Chris Sale, and Corey Kluber have combined to put together four of the most impressive pitching performances in recent history, and consequently one of the tightest Cy Young races as well. Each pitcher is so uniquely dominant and fiercely competitive that their performance has improved despite an uptick in offensive performance around the league. Scherzer, a 6’3” right-hander from the Washington Nationals, is the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner and the 2013 American League winner. Scherzer’s lethal five-pitch arsenal has allowed him to post career lows in earned run average (ERA) and walks + hits per inning (WHIP), while also posting a career high in strikeouts per nine innings (K/9). Despite battling a nagging neck injury that has sidelined him...

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