Presumed NL MVP Christian Yelich isn’t living up to the extremely high standards he set during the season and that’s a problem for the Milwaukee Brewers.
Christian Yelich went 2-for-3 in Game 1 of the National League Divisional Series against the Colorado Rockies. However, the next time he collected a hit for the Milwaukee Brewers game in Game 2 against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Championship Series.
Overall, Yelich is hitting .188 this postseason, but that’s propped up thanks to a .458 on-base percentage. Even though he’s been extremely picky in his at-bats, drawing eight walks and at least one walk in every game, he hasn’t made very much hard contact minus the two-run homer he blasted against the Rockies in Game 1. This is becoming a bit of a problem for the Brewers.
In Game 2 of the NLCS, Yelich had three opportunities to create an “MVP” moment, but he failed each time. In the bottom of the third, Wade Miley was on second base and Yelich was up to bat with two outs. With an opportunity to drive in the first run of the game, Yelich harmlessly grounded out to first.
Two at-bats later, Yelich again came to the plate with a runner on base. This time, Lorenzo Cain was on first base with one out in the bottom of the seventh and the Brewers leading 3-2. Yelich had an opportunity to add to the lead, but again made a harmless out on a fly ball.
The third opportunity was the most notable because it ended the game. When Yelich’s at-bat began in the bottom of the ninth, Hernan Perez was on first base with two outs and the Brewers trailing 4-3. With an 0-2 count, Perez stole second and Yelich had a great chance to single and drive in the tying run. Unfortunately, he made weak contact again and grounded out to the third baseman to end the game.
Although it’s not fair to blame the loss on Yelich, the Brewers need their best hitter to snap out of his mini-funk and start taking advantage of his opportunities. With Milwaukee’s bullpen suddenly struggling, they need their MVP candidate to spark the team and take hold of this NLCS.