Drew Stubbs, Reds (.500/.556/1.250)
We’ll go with quantity over quality this time. In two games, Stubbs has hit for the cycle, with a single, a double, a triple, and a homer, and a walk and a stolen base for good measure. He’s scored three runs an driven in two. Apologies to Ramon Hernandez, Alex Gonzalez, and Nick Hundley.
Carlos Quentin, White Sox (.625/.625/1.375)
Again, we’ll pick a guy who’s played two games and racked up five hits over a platoon catcher with one incredible game under his belt. Four of Quentin’s hits have gone for extra bases, and he’s scored three runs while driving in seven. Apologies to JC Arencibia, Alex Rodriguez, and just about all of the Rangers, who have feasted on Red Sox pitching like CC Sabathia at a buffet.
NL Cy Young
Cliff Lee, Phillies (3.86/11 K/0 BB)
How can we pick a guy who gave up three runs in seven innings when so many pitchers didn’t give up a run in their first start? Because Lee picked up right where he left off last season, striking out 11 and walking nobody while giving up just four hits in last night’s win against Houston. Apologies to Clayton Kershaw, Travis Wood, and Derek Lowe.
Jeremy Guthrie, Orioles (0.00/6 K/1 BB)
No change here, despite a few strong efforts last night. Apologies to Felix Hernandez, Ricky Romero, and James Shields.