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 (.354/.475/.854)
Another day, another hit, another run, and another Rockies win. I’m feeling pretty good about my preseason pick here. Since September 1, Tulo is slugging .773 with 22 home runs and 54 RBI in 43 games. That equates to 82 homers and 203 RBI over a full season. Apologies to Matt Kemp, Miguel Montero, and Jose Tabata.
Alex Rodriguez, Yankees (.395/.510/.842)
Remember when Alex Rodriguez was indisputably the best player in the game? At almost 36, he’s hitting like the 26-year-old ARod, adding another double and a walk yesterday to capture the AL batting and OBP leads as well as the slugging percentage lead he already held. Apologies to Miguel Cabrera, Yunel Escobar, and Jose Bautista.
NL Cy Young
Roy Halladay, Phillies (1.23/22 K/3 BB)
Halladay stays at the top of an uber-competitive NL Cy Young race. Apologies to Josh Johnson, Kyle Lohse, and Jhoulys Chacin.
AL Cy Young
Dan Haren, Angels (0.73/21 K/2 BB)
Teammate Jered Weaver had another impressive start Friday and now owns the league lead in wins, innings pitched, and strikeouts, but Haren has given up fewer hits (9) and walks (2), and leads Weaver in ERA (0.73) and WHIP (0.53). Apologies to Weaver, Felix Hernandez, and Ricky Romero.
And with that, the daily award winners feature is over. For the first time in 16 days, none of these awards changed hands between yesterday and today, and I’m afraid we would get sick of Tulo’s and ARod’s names over the next days, weeks, maybe even months. I’ll try to introduce a similar feature, focused on pitching, in the next few days. Thanks for reading.
Except for, obviously, Weaver taking over for Haren.