The following are my picks for each league’s MVP and Cy Young award winner if the season ended today.
Miguel Montero, Diamondbacks (.545/.600/.955)
If this one was debatable yesterday, it’s not today. After going 3-for-3 with a double and a walk yesterday, Montero leads the majors in batting average, OBP, and slugging. Apologies to Matt Kemp, Nick Hundley, and Joey Votto.
Howie Kendrick, Angels (.429/.515/.857)
Yesterday’s pick, Kendrick added two hits to his league-leading total last night. Apologies to Nelson Cruz, Yunel Escobar, and Carlos Quentin.
NL Cy Young
Tim Lincecum, Giants (0.64/18 K/3 BB)
Most teams’ two or three best pitchers have started two games now, so I’ll use combined Game Scores to make these picks. Lincecum has one of the five best games this year and another in the top 30, a total of 147 points. Apologies to Yovani Gallardo, Clayton Kershaw, and Derek Lowe.
AL Cy Young
Dan Haren, Angels (1.23/12 K/0 BB)
Angels co-aces Haren and Jered Weaver have identical Game Scores of 73 and 67 in their first two starts. Each has 12 strikeouts, so I’ll give the tiebreaker to Haren, who has yet to walk a batter. Apologies to Weaver, Edwin Jackson, and CC Sabathia.