The Reigning NL MVP
Every team is guaranteed one All Star every year. It’s not hard to figure out who the Milwaukee Brewers’ primary candidate would be, especially when he’s on pace to compete for a second consecutive National League MVP award.
Yelich apparently bottled up whatever it was that helped push him through his torrid second half of 2018 that earned him MVP honors over Javier Baez and is using it to be as good, if not better to start 2019. The numbers bear witness to his greatness.
Currently, Yelich leads the National League in home runs (23), stolen bases (14), slugging percentage (.737), and he just took the lead in OPS (1.178). Because he is now feared so much as a hitter, he also leads the league in intentional walks (12). It make sense that opposing managers don’t want to pitch to him considering he hits one of those homers every 8.9 at bats, which also leads the NL.
And those are just the categories he leads! He is also right behind NL leaders in a number of other categories including batting average (.337, 3rd), runs batted in (52, 4th), on base percentage (.442, 2nd), runs scored (49, 3rd), and walks (37, 3rd). Offensive, he does damage in almost every way possible.
Consider what this puts him on pace for. If Yelich were to keep this up all year, he would finish with 58 homers, 124 runs scored, 131 RBI, and 35 steals. That would make him just the 41st member total, and third Brewer ever, to reach the 30 – 30 Club, not to mention tie for the 11th most home runs in a single season. He will most likely look slightly more human at some point, but fans can dream.
There’s really no chance Yelich doesn’t make his second straight All Star appearance unless someone hacks the voting system. Cody Bellinger, who is having an amazing season in his own right, is just as guaranteed for another outfield spot for the NL. The third spot is up for grabs at this point. It will be interesting to see where Yelich lands in voting across the entire NL when the first update is released.