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Milwaukee Brewers: Top 5 players from 2018

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MILWAUKEE, WI - SEPTEMBER 19: Jesus Aguilar #24 and Christian Yelich #22 of the Milwaukee Brewers celebrate after Aguilar hit a home run in the third inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Miller Park on September 19, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - SEPTEMBER 19: Jesus Aguilar #24 and Christian Yelich #22 of the Milwaukee Brewers celebrate after Aguilar hit a home run in the third inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Miller Park on September 19, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /
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Christian Yelich

Christian Yelich is not only the MVP of the Milwaukee Brewers , but he will eventually become the National League MVP as well. Acquired by the Brewers via trade back in January, Yelich may be known as one of, if not the best off-season pickups in team history.

From game 1 through game 159, Yelich has been productive on offense and his 2018 season stats are, to put it simply, amazing. Below is where Yelich ranks in the NL in key statistical categories and his numbers.

Batting average: First (.321)

OBP: Fourth (.395)

Slugging: First (.583)

OPS: First (.978)

RBIs: Fourth (104)

WAR: Tied for First (7.0)

As impressive has Yelich has been through out the season, his best play has come when it’s mattered most, after the All-Star break and into September.

Whether a team wins or loses in May or September, on paper it counts as the same. But when you’re in the midst of a playoff race, the win in September means more. The same can be applied to Yelich’s performances in the second half of the season. In high pressure, must win games he has performed at his best for the Brewers.

Since the All-Star break ended, Yelich has appeared in 61 games and has had 278 plate appearances. Over that time he has an incredible slash line of .359/.435/.743. He’s also been able to add 22 home runs and 61 RBIs. Oh, I also forgot to mention his two cycles. Which makes him only the fifth player to accomplish that in one season in Major League history.

Yelich brings his calm, cool demeanor to the ballpark every day and you can see it when he’s on the field. No moment appears too big for Yelich.

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