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 (.364/.491/.909)
Tulowitzki may be here to stay after another homer, single, and walk yesterday. Just for fun, if Tulowitzki kept up this pace for the whole year, he would hit 95 home runs, drive in 189, score 135, and finish with a 1.400 OPS, a feat which has been accomplished exactly once in major league history, by Barry Bonds in 2004. Apologies to Miguel Montero, Matt Kemp, and Joey Votto.
Alex Rodriguez, Yankees (.412/.512/.882)
Yeah, this one hurts me as much as it hurts you (probably more), but after two doubles in New York’s business-as-usual five run comeback last night, ARod leads the AL in slugging and is second to Bobby Abreu in OBP. Apologies to Yunel Escobar, Jose Bautista, and Sam Fuld.
NL Cy Young
Roy Halladay, Phillies (1.23/22 K/3 BB)
It’s tempting to put Cliff Lee and his 26/2 K/BB ratio here, but his tough-luck 4.91 ERA kind of spoils the party. Halladay’s ratio is not much worse at 22/3, and he’s turned a similar WHIP (.93 to Lee’s .98) into a 1.23 ERA. Apologies to Clayton Kershaw, Tim Lincecum, and Josh Johnson.
AL Cy Young
Dan Haren, Angels (0.73/21 K/2 BB)
Not much to say here, except that we’ve reached a point in April where the four current award leaders are among the actual frontrunners for the end of season awards. Apologies to Jered Weaver, Alexi Ogando, and Matt Harrison.