The Milwaukee Brewers have a very talented outfield, one of the best in the majors. It stands to reason that at least one member of that group deserves to go the MLB All-Star Game this July. Christian Yelich is as deserving as anyone.
With the way the Milwaukee Brewers are playing this year, you would think they would have more All-Stars than they had last year. In 2017, closer Corey Knebel was the lone All-Star the Crew had, and he didn’t even get in the game (Joe Maddon instead went with his own Wade Davis, who blew the game for the NL, by the way).
The Brewers should be able to get more than one All-Star this year. Josh Hader stands a good chance of being selected by his peers, but what about the position players? Christian Yelich deserves a chance to go to D.C. to play in the Midsummer Classic as well.
Yelich has never been an All-Star, surprising as it sounds, and he’s on his way to having the best year of his career.
Christian Yelich By The Numbers
Through 57 games, Yelich has 21 extra-base hits, including nine home runs. He’s hitting .301/.372/.482, enough for a .854 OPS and a 129 OPS+.
Yelich has the 4th best batting average among NL outfielders. His 45 runs scored is second best among outfielders behind only Charlie Blackmon, and he’s tied for sixth in the NL in that category as well.
He’s also a great defender in the outfield, with five Defensive Runs Saved above average this season. He’s tied for 3rd in the NL in Total Zone Runs among left fielders. Yelich is also Top 5 in the NL in range factor.
In the first round of balloting updates, Yelich was 11th among National League outfielders. That’s too low. Yelich has a long way to go to make the top 3 and become a starter for the NL, but worse odds have been overcome.
Even to make it as a reserve, Yelich is probably going to need to make some jumps in the balloting, despite reserves being chosen by fellow players and coaches. To make the All-Star Game, you need to be making some waves in the first half, and Yelich is well on his way to doing that.
Fans need to keep on voting for Christian Yelich to get him to his first All-Star Game. He deserves it. He’s been an amazing addition to the Crew and whenever he plays well, the Brewers win. The Milwaukee Brewers are undefeated when Yelich hits a home run and he’s been an important part of the team’s success at the plate.
Vote for Yelich, and support one the Brewers most consistent hitters day in and day out. He deserves to go to his first All-Star Game.