The Phillies prized free agent ace Jake Arrieta has been everything fans have hoped for this season. Reinventing himself slightly after his Cy Young season in Chicago, Arrieta is 3-1 with a terrific 2.59 ERA in seven starts.
While the statistics aren’t mindblowing with 27 strikeouts and 14 walks in 41.1 innings, Arrieta has been consistent with a .432 home runs per nine innings, fourth best among National League pitchers.
Name recognition and effectiveness will push Arrieta into the All-Star conversation when players and coaches get their votes in. Six strong weeks could make up for Arrieta missing the first week of the season, and potentially have him appearing as a reliever during the All-Star game.
Players to watch: Carlos Santana, Edubray Ramos, Cesar Hernandez, Maikel Franco, Rhys Hoskins