Jake Arrieta, NL Cy Young Winner

When Jake Arrieta first got called up to the Baltimore Orioles major league club, he could only dream of receiving the Cy Young award. When he started his major league career in 2010, Arrieta was mediocre at best, posting a 4.66 ERA in his first major league season. He posted a 5.05 ERA in 2011, a 6.22 in 2012, and a 4.76 ERA with the Cubs and Orioles in 2013.

But in 2014 Arrieta had a breakout year, winning 10 games and only losing 5 while posting an improved 2.53 ERA.

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Jake Arrieta won those ten games in 2014 while his team won a total of 73 games. During the 2015 season Jake Arrieta had the best season of his career. By having career bests in wins, ERA, innings pitched, and K/BB. He led his team to the postseason for the first time since 2008, where they played the Los Angeles Dodgers and were swept 3-0. But in the 2015 postseason, the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 in the NL Division Series, but they were swept 4-0 in the NL Championship Series by the New York Mets.

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Dallas Keuchel, AL Cy Young Winner

Houston Astros left-handed pitcher, Dallas Keuche,l started his career much like fellow CY Young winner Jake Arrieta. In his first major league season he posted an abysmal ERA of 5.27, in 2013 he posted another mediocre ERA of 5.15. The same year Jake Arrieta broke out, Dallas Keuchel broke out as well with a 2.93 ERA and won 12 games while losing 9. He was even better in 2015 he won 20 games while losing 8, and posted an outstanding 2.48 ERA. In 2015 he led the Houston Astros to the AL Wildcard game with 86 wins on the season. 

This was the Astros first Postseason since 2005.

In 2005 they were swept in the World Series by the Chicago White Sox.  The Houston Astros were defeated by the 2015 World Series Champion's Kansas City Royals 3-2 in the AL Division Series. Had the Astros Defeated the Royals they would have played the sinking Toronto Blue Jays

AL and NL Cy Young Winners

Dallas Keuchel and Jake Arrieta are almost identical, when it comes development and stats. They both started their careers struggling while playing for teams that struggled to win.

Also 2014 was the breakout season for both players, they both posted sub 3 ERA's and won more games than they lost for the first time in their careers. To top it all off they both won their first CY Young Awards in 2015. I hope these two pitcher continue to be dominate in all aspects of the game. 

On a side note, baseball could be brought back to the Olympics in 2020.

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