I meant to do this at the end of April for the first month of the season, but I forgot. Most teams have played somewhere between 24 and 28 games. Who is your MVP/Cy Young in the AL and NL through now? I realize it's still early in the season and a few of the usual suspects are off to slow starts, but I thought it would be fun to get a discussion going outside of Milwaukee, Chicago, and Minnesota.
AL MVP: Kevin Youkilis; Boston- 1B
This guy has been downright impressive thus far this season and was an integral part to that big win streak Boston just recently endured. He has been on fire against Division opponents and has been a huge at Fenway. For the season, he is batting .393 with 6 HRs, 20 RBIs, 3rd in the majors in doubles, and 7th in runs scored. Oh, and for being 5th in the majors in hits, it's been crazy impressive to see him up there in top-20 for BBs as well. His team has been on the winning end and his excellent fielding shouldn't go unrewarded, either. He has been excellent in the field. It's also impressive that he finds himself on base more than half of the time, which is impressive in its own regard
NL MVP: Albert Pujols; St. Louis- 1B
You know, I kind of debated putting Raul Ibanez here thus far. He has given the Phillies a huge spark on offense and has really become a fan favorite in Philly. Unfortunately, he resides in the same League as Albert Pujols who has shown nothing but poise thus far. He has been plunked multiple times, almost seems intentionally and he has kept his head and comes right back. He is batting a very nice .344 and his 2nd in the MLB in HRs. Couple that with his patient approach at the plate and ability to score runs and you have yourself a straight up star. He is a huge reason why St. Louis is finding themselves with the 2nd best record in the majors.
AL Cy Young: Zack Greinke; KC- SP
Everyone has always known how talented Greinke is. Confidence and the team around him has seemed to be his problem in the majors at times, but nonetheless, has put together a solid career thus far. However, this season, he's been untouchable... literally. In five starts, he has just let up 2 earned runs and those were just last week against Toronto. Oh, and he still got the win. He's 6-0 with a .40 ERA to go along with an average of about 9 Ks per game and 11 Ks per 9 innings. There has not been a more impressive pitcher than Greinke thus far. He's also garnered two CG and a shutout. The most impressive stat that I found for Greinke is that he is responsible for 1/3 of KC's wins so far this season. He almost has as many wins alone as Washington...
NL Cy Young: Johan Santana; NYM- SP
He's pretty much, like Beltran, one of the main reasons the Mets are still afloat right now. He has been dominant this season and has put up a 3-1 record in 5 starts. He'd probably find himself at 4-1 if the Mets bullpen didn't let him down his last start (should anyone be surprised?). He has an amazing 12 Ks per 9 innings and has struck out 10+ batters in 2 of his 5 starts. His ERA is 1.10 and has just let up 4 ER. What's impressive to me is the fact he's let up just 2 HRs thus far this season. He has been a dominant pitcher most of his career, but the achilles heel for this guy was his ability (in a negative way) to give up a lot of HRs. He has cut down on those since arriving to NY and has re-established himself as the most dominant pitcher in the game.
Like I said before, I know it's early to be doing this, but I was bored and thought it would be fun to get some discussion going around the majors instead of what is usually talked about here (Milwaukee, Minnesota, Chicago).