Christian Yelich – if you haven’t been paying attention this season, you may be asking yourself, who? But he has not only been helping the Milwaukee Brewers attempt to make the playoffs but in my mind making people consider him in the NL MVP Race.
Last year Yelich played 156 games and 695 at-bats for the Miami Marlins hitting .282 with 18 home runs, 81 rbis and 100 runs scored. This year through 135 games for the Brewers Yelich has 597 plate appearances, hitting .318, OPS .955 with 31 home runs, 93 rbis and 102 runs scored. He has also stolen 19 bases (caught 4 times) and has hit 6 triples along with 30 doubles.
Yelich primarily hits 2nd in the Brewers line-up and on-top of these impressive stats above, he has hit for 2 cycles in the past 3 weeks! What a time to pick-it-up on an already great season.
Now as great as Yelich had been, the Brewers’ success has been contributed to as well from Lorenzo Cain (hitting .309, stealing 28 bases), Jesus Aguilar (contributing 32 home runs and 99 rbis) but also the pitching staff hosting a 3.80 era (7th in NL).
The Brewers currently hold the 1st NL Wild Card Spot with a 3-game lead over the Cardinals.
Other Notable NL MVP Candidates:
Max Scherzer, Nationals: 17-7, 206.2 Innings Pitched, 2.53 ERA, 277ks (Nationals are eliminated from the playoff race)
Nolan Arenado, Rockies: 143 Games, .297 avg, 34 home runs, 101 rbis, 96 runs (Rockies currently ½ game behind the Dodgers for the NL West Lead and ½ game behind the Cardinals for the 2nd Wild Card spot)
Freddie Freeman, Braves: 150 Games, .304 avg, 22 home runs, 89 rbis, 91 runs (Braves currently lead the NL East by 6 ½ games over the Phillies)
Matt Carpenter, Cardinals: 145 Games, .265 avg, 35 home runs, 77 rbis, 103 runs (Cardinals currently hold the NL’s 2nd Wild Card spot with ½ game lead on the Brewers)
Now for me personally, a team that is not in the playoffs should not have the MVP. If the MVP cannot get their team at least to the playoffs, are they really the Most Valuable Player?
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