Chicago Cubs: Who was more valuable – Anthony Rizzo or Jake Arrieta?

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A pitcher turned ace and an All-Star slugger: both are vital, which was more valuable to the Chicago Cubs this season?

The Chicago Cubs won 97 games in 2015, receiving major contributions among countless players. Among two of the more notable figures were star-turned ace Jake Arrieta and first baseman Anthony Rizzo.

Both players’ careers began with other organizations around Major League Baseball, but have blossomed since becoming members of the Cubs – a statement that has never been more true than it was in 2015.

We knew going into 2015 that Arrieta could be a very good starting pitcher, after going 10-5 in 2014 with a 2.53 ERA.

Meanwhile Rizzo, one of the more veteran players around the Cubs and seen as the slugger to build around, turned his potential into production. He was a centerpiece for an offense that came up second in runs scored and runs batted in during the second half of the season in the National League.

Both players are among the best at their positions in Major League Baseball. Which was the best on the 2015 Cubs?

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