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.
Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies (.306/.447/.806)
My preseason MVP pick has arrvied. Tulowitzki homered (his 5th), doubled (his 3rd), and walked (his 10th) in a win against the Mets on Wednesday, continuing his incredible run over the past three baseball months. We can’t put much stock in two weeks worth of fielding stats, but Tulo’s range factor (5.77) is also second in MLB among shortstops. Apologies to Miguel Montero, Joey Votto, and Matt Kemp.
Yunel Escobar, Blue Jays (.438/.512/.688)
Escobar holds off the hard-charging Alex Rodriguez based on his .512 OBP. It’s hard to ignore a shortstop who gets on base more often than he makes an out. Apologies to Rodriguez, Miguel Cabrera, and Jose Bautista.
NL Cy Young
Roy Halladay, Phillies (1.23/22 K/3 BB)
Halladay’s league-leading 22 innings pitched set him apart from an impressive field. His 0.91 WHIP doesn’t hurt him either. Apologies to Clayton Kershaw, Josh Johnson, and Jaime Garcia.
AL Cy Young
Dan Haren, Angels (0.73/21 K/2 BB)
There’s a good chance I’ll get through the month of April without giving this award to a pitcher who doesn’t throw his home games in Los Angeles of Anaheim. Apologies to Jered Weaver, Ricky Romero, and Alexi Ogando.