The Milwaukee Brewers came up a little short in 2018. But it was still a memorable season for Christian Yelich. And now, he’s officially the National League MVP.
— MLB (@MLB) November 15, 2018
Not only that, but he’s one of three players in MLB history to have this kind of season.
— MLB Stat of the Day (@MLBStatoftheDay) November 15, 2018
If you’re scoring at home, that’s two consecutive MVP awards for recent Miami Marlins outfielders. Giancarlo Stanton took the crown last season before Miami traded him away to New York. Now, it’s Yelich’s title. Obviously, this can only mean one thing for 2019. St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Marcell Ozuna is taking home the crown.
Now, it didn’t look this obvious entering the final month of the season. Yelich did make the All-Star game, of course, and that’s not nothing. But he wasn’t happy with his performance up to that point. At the break, he had put up a .292/.364/.459 triple-slash with 16 doubles and 11 home runs. In the second half, he would turn into a monster. After slashing .307/.363/.667 with six doubles and 11 dingers in August, he then hit .370/.508/.808 with six doubles and 10 dingers in the final month. Oh, and he hit for the cycle twice as well.
If not for his final month, the Brewers might not even make the playoffs. They definitely don’t earn themselves a Game 163 divisional tiebreaker against the Cubs, that’s for sure. For the season, his totals are staggering. He put up career-high marks across the board, slashing .326/.402/.598 — leading the NL in batting average and OPS (1.000). He set career-high marks in home runs (36), RBI (110) and stolen bases (22) as well as every single number on that slash line.
And he took MVP honors almost unanimously, earning 29 of 30 first-place votes. The question is now: can he build on this? If so, the Brewers could be in for a very special 2019 season.