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.
Miguel Montero, Diamondbacks (.455/.526/.758)
This guy just won’t go away. He added a single, a double, and a walk on Tuesday to recapture the NL leads in slugging and OPS. That and Matt Kemp’s first caught stealing put Montero back on top. Apologies to Kemp, Ryan Braun, and Nick Hundley.
Miguel Cabrera, Tigers (.385/.479/.769)
Cabrera might be the best hitter in baseball, but as a slow, poor-fielding first baseman, there’s a good chance he’ll never win an MVP award, especially considering what little consideration he got in 2010, when he hit .328/.420/.622. I’ve been largely ignoring him as he climbed the ranks of the on-base and slugging leaders, as he’s just not as valuable as a good-fielding shortstop or catcher with the same offensive numbers. However, after a double and a game-winning single Tuesday, I simply can’t ignore a guy slugging a Bondsian .769 after eleven games. Apologies to Yunel Escobar, Jose Bautista, and Howie Kendrick.
NL Cy Young
Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers (1.37/24 K/4 BB)
If I could have found a Miguel here, I might have reconsidered, but nobody, Miguel or otherwise, did anything Tuesday to knock Kershaw off his throne. Josh Johnson pitches tonight, and Jaime Garcia goes tomorrow, so the leaderboard could change soon. Apologies to Garcia, Chris Narveson, and Tim Lincecum.
AL Cy Young
Dan Haren, Angels (0.73/21 K/2 BB)
Haren and teammate Jered Weaver keep passing this one back and forth. Haren’s one-hit shutout topped Weaver’s 15-strikeout performance from Sunday, recording a Game Score of 91, the best in either league this year. Haren and Weaver are both 3-0. Haren has an 0.73 ERA and an 0.53 WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched), while Weaver has an 0.87 ERA and an 0.87 FIP. Weaver leads the league with 27 strikeouts, but has walked nine, while Haren balances his 21 Ks with just two walks. Apologies to Weaver, Alexi Ogando, and Matt Harrison.