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SportThe Brewers' Postseason Hopes Rested on Christian Yelich's Bat

14:05  11 september  2019
14:05  11 september  2019 Source:   si.com

Brewers star Yelich fouls ball off leg, limps out of game

Brewers star Yelich fouls ball off leg, limps out of game Milwaukee Brewers star Christian Yelich has been forced to leave the game at Miami after fouling a ball of his leg. Yelich limped off the field in the first inning Tuesday night. 

Those hopes , though, rested on Yelich continuing to demolish opposing pitching. Had Yelich ’ s injury come this time last year, the Brewers likely would have been better equipped to survive it. But the offense has been absent beyond him, thanks to down years from Lorenzo Cain and Travis Shaw

Those hopes , though, rested on Yelich continuing to demolish opposing pitching. Had Yelich ’ s injury come this time last year, the Brewers likely would have been better equipped to survive it. But the offense has been absent beyond him, thanks to down years from Lorenzo Cain and Travis Shaw

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Baseball is a cruel sport, or at least one prone to shatter your heart into a trillion pieces when you least expect it. Such is the case for the Brewers and their fans, who were dealt a crushing blow on Tuesday night with the loss of defending NL MVP Christian Yelich, who suffered a fractured kneecap on a foul ball and will miss the rest of the season.

There are no two ways about it: Yelich’s injury is a disaster for Milwaukee, which is one of several teams fighting for the second wild-card spot in the NL. Coming off a career year in 2018, the 27-year-old outfielder had somehow found an even higher gear this season, slashing .330/.430/.672 (the latter two figures leading the Senior Circuit) with 44 homers, 97 RBI, 30 steals, a 178 OPS+ and 7.1 bWAR. The best player on the Brewers by far, he’s irreplaceable, particularly with Milwaukee’s lineup already performing worse than last year’s edition. No hitter on the team was within even four Wins Above Replacement of Yelich, who was the biggest thing keeping the Brewers’ already slim playoff hopes alive.

Christian Yelich out for the season with fractured knee cap

Christian Yelich out for the season with fractured knee cap The Milwaukee Brewers' star right fielder left the game with an injury after fouling a ball off his knee.

LOS ANGELES – Christian Yelich isn’ t a “dog ate my homework” kind of guy. “I thought Kershaw made some really good pitches in that at- bat when I punched out with a guy on third (in the Yelich basically put the team on his shoulders in the final month, helping the Brewers forge a 20-7 record

Share All sharing options for: Christian Yelich all but disappeared in the NLCS. Yelich had such a rough NLCS it wouldn’ t be surprising to learn that between the Division Series and the first game in Milwaukee he accidentally opened a mummy’ s tomb and was immediately cursed.

Those odds—27.6% coming into the day, per FanGraphs—will take a massive hit with Yelich gone, even despite Milwaukee suddenly surging after a mediocre August. The Brewers have won five straight games and eight of their last 11, including two straight series wins over the Cubs. What’s more, after this weekend’s upcoming matchup with the first-place Cardinals, it’s all cupcakes for Milwaukee, which won’t face an above-.500 team for the rest of the season. There was room for the Brewers—who, after Tuesday’s win over Miami, trail Chicago by just 1 ½ games for the second wild card—to make up ground and pass their NL Central rivals.

Those hopes, though, rested on Yelich continuing to demolish opposing pitching. Instead, the lineup will have to soldier on with likely some combination of Ben Gamel and rookie Trent Grisham in rightfield—a massive downgrade no matter how you slice it. Nor does it help that, aside from Yelich, the only regulars currently producing in the lineup are Yasmani Grandal and Eric Thames. His injury is also poorly timed given the recent losses of Keston Hiura, who went down with a hamstring strain at the end of August, and Mike Moustakas, who’s been unable to hit for the last week due to a bruised wrist.

MLB world reacts to Christian Yelich's brutal injury

MLB world reacts to Christian Yelich's brutal injury Milwaukee Brewers star Christian Yelich suffered a fractured right knee cap in Tuesday’s game against the Miami Marlins. The team announced immediately after the game that he’s lost for the season and the reactions from around the sport came in quickly.

The Marlins acquired multiple top prospects in the trade sending Yelich to Milwaukee.

Chris Taylor denying the Brewers ’ Christian Yelich a hit in the fifth.CreditJeff Roberson/Associated Press. Miller Park erupted, but the jubilance was soon overtaken. He started at second base on Saturday, then moved to left field, where he sprinted and stretched to grab a deep fly off Yelich ’ s bat .

Had Yelich’s injury come this time last year, the Brewers likely would have been better equipped to survive it. But the offense has been absent beyond him, thanks to down years from Lorenzo Cain and Travis Shaw (as well as Jesus Aguilar, who was traded away in July). The starting rotation lacks reliability or consistency, relying on back-end guys like Gio Gonzalez, Chase Anderson and Zach Davies amid this playoff push. And a bullpen that was lockdown in 2018 has been shaky, with Josh Hader regressing and his supporting cast failing to produce. Few teams, in other words, were as reliant on one man as the Brewers were on Yelich. With him gone, it’s hard to see how they stay afloat.

Then again, the wild-card race is a mess. The Cubs recently lost their own MVP in Javy Baez, who is out indefinitely with a broken thumb. The Phillies have no pitching to speak of beyond Aaron Nola. The Mets can’t hold leads to save their lives. The Diamondbacks have won 11 of their last 15 to crawl into the conversation, but with Zack Greinke gone and with bullpen issues of their own, it’s hard to see them either staying in the race or making any noise should they improbably claim the second spot. With this motley assortment of flawed teams, there’s still a chance the Brewers could sneak into the wild-card game.

Brewers star Christian Yelich opens up about season-ending knee injury

Brewers star Christian Yelich opens up about season-ending knee injury “There’s a lot of work that goes into being in a position like we were this season, but, hey, sometimes it just doesn’t go in your favor."

Top 10 Regular Season Games of the Milwaukee Brewers 2018 Season - Продолжительность: 32:50 BrewPack 13 795 просмотров. Top 5 Moments of Christian Yelich ’ s NL MVP Season - Продолжительность: 10:55 BrewPack 75 752 просмотра.

Christian Yelich is a strong M.V.P. candidate for the Brewers .CreditCreditDavid This was late January, and Yelich had just been traded to the Milwaukee Brewers , who suddenly controlled Since the All-Star break, Yelich is batting .359 with 22 home runs and 61 runs batted in across 61 games.

If they did, though, their reward would be a matchup with Max Scherzer and the Nationals, followed by a trip to the Division Series against the juggernaut Dodgers. Those would’ve been tall tasks with Yelich healthy; without him, it’s hard to imagine Milwaukee putting up the firepower necessary to take out either squad.

Beyond how Yelich’s loss affects the playoff race, though (or how the injury kills his chances of repeating as MVP, effectively handing the award to Cody Bellinger), there’s the sheer sadness of seeing one of baseball’s brightest stars have his season cut short. Yelich’s transformation into an all-around superstar has been a fantastic story, and his blend of skills and talents is jaw-dropping. Along with Ronald Acuña, Jr., he's the first player to put up 40 homers and 30 steals in a single season since Alfonso Soriano in 2006, and just one of 10 men ever to do so. There are few players more fun to watch or who offer a more versatile package.

The good news is that, while painful, Yelich’s injury was a total fluke and shouldn’t impact his career going forward. The bad news is that it leaves the baseball world all the poorer. Neither the Brewers nor this season will be the same without Yelich in it.

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