There’s Always Next Year, Brewers Fans
The Brewers have been dealt a serious blow in their quest for the post season. As it stands while I write this, they’re a half game behind the Cubs and 3 games behind the Nationals for a Wild Card spot. While that 2nd spot is not out of reach with 17 games left in the season, it just got a lot tougher because the guy that got them there is done for the year. Christian Yelich fouled a pitch right off of his knee on Tuesday, fracturing his kneecap, and shutting him down for the rest of the season. The video looks pretty painful:
With this, the Brewers are pretty much screwed. They could make the post season without him (they did win 4-3 yesterday and 7-5 today sans-Yeli, but it was over the Marlins, so take that with a grain of salt), but even if they make it, they’re not going to make it very far. Yelich has been hands down the best player on the squad all season and a big reason that they’re even in the post season hunt at all.
As his season ended, he had enough at-bats to qualify him for the batting title, should Anthony Rendon (.335) and Brian Reynolds (.330) slump a bit by month’s end. His final 2019 super-human numbers looked like this:
- 44 home runs
- Hitting .329/.429/.671 – His OBP leads the NL and his OPS of 1.100 leads the entire majors
- 97 RBI
- 30 stolen bases
22-year-old Trent Grisham has been doing his best to fill the gaping holes that Yeli leaves in the Brewers offense and defense, but they’re not going to get MVP caliber production out of a kid that barely has a month’s worth of major league at bats under his belt. They also have Ben Gamel as an option, but he’s hitting .255/.338/.387, a far cry from Yelich’s bat. Ryan Braun and Lorenzo Cain have been battling some aches and pains (Braun’s back and Cain’s knee), so they need some time off the field if/when they can get it.
So yeah, like I said, the Brewers are pretty much screwed. Get well soon, Yeli! You’ll be missed this October, that’s for damn sure.