During this surreal 2018 Milwaukee Brewers season we have seen quite the highlights and multiple contributions from everyone on the roster. However, there is one player who sticks out above the rest though.
In 2018, the Milwaukee Brewers had some expectations to meet. Most of them have been met, but one player that has exceeded his expectations has broken out and has put Milwaukee back on the map.
Christian Yelich on the cusp of history
Christian Yelich’s season has been phenomenal. However, he is on the cusp of accomplishing one of the hardest and most prestigious feats in Major League Baseball. He can become just the 18th player in Major League history to complete a Triple Crown and he would be the first N.L player to do it since Joe Medwick did it in 1937 for the St. Louis Cardinals.
On the year, Yelich is batting .324/.400/.599 with 36 homers and 109 RBIs. What is even more impressive is that he has done most of his damage during the second half. He’s hitting .364/.444/.776, with 25 home runs and 66 RBIs since the break.
When it comes to the Triple Crown chase, Yelich is just two RBIs shy of tying Javier Baez in the National League. He has 36 homers, which is tied for the league lead, and he has already locked up the N.L batting title as his average sits at .324 entering Sunday’s game. Yes, ties count for the Triple Crown.
What are his chances?
Since Yelich is dominating the Detroit series and we have seen with his two cycles that he can put the ball where it needs to be when he wants to.His chances of driving in two runs seem pretty good. Detroit will have Spencer Turnbull on the bump in the season finale. He is sporting an ERA of 5.73 in three games.
During the series, Yelich has hit three home runs and has drawn five walks. If he accomplishes something that has only been done 17 times in MLB history, that would just be icing on the cake to a historical season for Yelich.
Can his season get any better?
It is pretty hard to improve on a year in which he has eclipsed a career high in every offensive category and is now the front-runner for the National League M.V.P award. To go along with his historic season, he is due to receive some more hardware for his trophy case.
Yelich will most likely take home a Silver Slugger award as he is easily the best offensive outfielder in the N.L. He also has a chance to win the Hank Aaron award, the yearly award given to the best offensive player in the NL.
The award has not been won by a Brewers since Prince Fielder won it back in 2007. After everything Yelich has done for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2018, he deserves every accolade given to him.