The following are my picks for each league’s MVP and Cy Young award winner if the season ended today. MVP stats shown are batting average/on-base percentage/slugging percentage. Cy Young stats are ERA/strikeouts/walks.
Matt Kemp, Dodgers (.441/.537/.647)
Kemp leads the NL in on-base percentage and makes all those jogs to first base worth the trip. He leads the major leagues with seven stolen bases and has yet to be caught. Apologies to Joey Votto, Miguel Montero, and Ryan Braun.
Yunel Escobar, Blue Jays (.458/.531/.750)
After a week of apologies, it’s finally time to give Escobar his due. He added a single and a walk Monday night and leads the league in batting average and triples. Apologies to Jose Bautista, Miguel Cabrera, and Howie Kendrick.
NL Cy Young
Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers (0.87/24 K/4 BB)
Kershaw has now held this spot after each of his three starts. Another dominant outing Monday gives him 24 strikeouts and just 4 walks in 19 2/3 innings. Apologies to Jaime Garcia, Tim Lincecum, and Chris Narveson.
AL Cy Young
Jered Weaver, Angels (0.87/27 K/9 BB)
Nobody who pitched on Monday topped Weaver’s 15-strikeout performance from Sunday. There have been a lot of surprising performances from young AL pitchers this season, but when the only 3-0 pitcher in the league has 27 K and a matching 0.87 ERA and WHIP, this is not a hard decision. Apologies to Dan Haren, Matt Harrison, and Alexi Ogando.