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Robin Ventura

Close calls in Cy Young races; Harper, Donaldson for MVP

Here's how stacked the NL Cy Young race is: Max Scherzer struck out 276 batters with a 2.79 ERA and became the first major leaguer in 42 years to throw two no-hitters in one season.

Those credentials might be good enough to challenge Gerrit Cole for fourth place.

In a season filled with pitching performances for the ages, Jake Arrieta, Zack Greinke and perennial contender Clayton Kershaw headline one of the deepest Cy Young fields in decades.

Over in the American League, playoff-bound lefties Dallas Keuchel and David Price are nip-and-tuck, too.

So with Bryce Harper and Josh Donaldson clear-cut MVPs, this time it's the men on the mound who require that...