Christian Yelich is doing things that no one has seen before, and the Milwaukee Brewers are reaping the rewards of his efforts.
As the saying goes, you never know what you’re going to see at a baseball game. Every day, there’s a chance to see something that we’ve never seen before in baseball. Lately, Christian Yelich has been involved in a lot of things we haven’t seen before.
The Cycle In Cincinnati
In the first cycle that Yelich hit this season, Christian went 6-for-6 on the night. That was the first time any Milwaukee Brewers player had ever gone 6-for-6 with a cycle in franchise history. It was also the first cycle for the Crew since 2011 when backup catcher George Kottaras hit one.
The Multi-Home Run Game
The day before, Christian Yelich hit two home runs in a game. That was also a career first. He was not known as a big home run hitter while with the Marlins. His career high in home runs before this season was 21, and his first career multi-homer game was only a sign of things to come. Yelich’s swing has been more conducive to home runs this season, and what we’ve been able to witness is something that is a sign of great things to come.
The Second Cycle
On Monday night in Miller Park, Christian Yelich did something that no one has ever seen before. He hit for two cycles in the same season, against the same team. A few others, most recently Aaron Hill, have hit for two cycles in the same season. But none of them were able to do so against the same team. Yelich hit both against the Reds.
Coming into the season, many Brewers fans thought Eric Thames was the one Brewers player that owned the Reds every time he played them. While that was true in 2017, this season Christian Yelich owns the Reds.
The Batting Title
The Milwaukee Brewers have never had a player win the league batting title before in franchise history. After Monday, Yelich is currently tied for the lead in the NL. His chief competitor is Scooter Gennett, who just so happens to be in town with the Reds. Yelich’s 4-for-4 night brings his average up to .318 on the season.
Winning that batting title would only help boost Yelich’s MVP stock. And the cycle tonight helps too.
It’s just another page in a storybook season for Christian Yelich. He can finish it by potentially winning the NL MVP award. If he continues to play at the level he has been for the entire second half, he could very easily earn the award.