MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee Brewers star outfielder Christian Yelich has started right where his MVP season ended. But he could be even better.
Yelich scored a major league record on Sunday's first inning Sunday and drilled a 1-0 fastball from St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha in the right field for his fourth homer of the season. It turned out he had just started.
The reigning National League MVP was the sixth player in MLB history to start a season with Homer in four consecutive games. The other five are Willie Mays (1971), Mark McGwire (1998), Nelson Cruz (2011), Chris Davis (2013) and Trevor Story (2016).
For all the success he has had lately, Yelich is still at a loss for words whenever he is asked how he managed to hold on to the record for so long.
"I do not know, honestly," Yelich shrugged. "I'm just trying to stay in a rapprochement."
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That brought Yelich to the plate with runners at the corners and no one out. The percentage says you do not put the binding run in such a position, but considering Yelich's actions, deliberate walking is something that Brewers manager Craig Counsell says you need to take into account.
"That's [19459021[the Cardinals]," Counsell said. "You definitely have to talk about it."
St. Louis picked Yelich, who scored with a 2-0 lead and then stroked a 102km / h Hicks dip into the left midfield gap. He scored Gamel and Cain. As Cain slid headfirst into the home plate, Yelich jumped on the second base and shot his battering helmet into the air.
"[Hicks has] has gotten really good stuff, the ball is moving a lot," said Yelich. "He has three really good places, you just want to make sure you make it in the zone and try to do something with it."
The double in two races brought the Brewers a 5: 4 win, while Milwaukee drew three from divisional rivals St. Louis in the season-opening series.
"It was definitely a cool series," said Yelich. "It was a great show for us, they are a great team, they play us very well, these games were tight and you have to do to win them."
Yelich won his first MVP award – the fifth in Brewers' history – last season, with an epic second half of the season that earned Milwaukee the title of NL Central. He continued that to start the 2019 campaign. In four games, Yelich beats .500 with four home runs and eight RBIs. He has reached his base in 12 of his 18 record appearances.
"He's on another planet, man," Brewers Starter Brandon Woodruff wondered on Saturday. "He's so special, just watching him, he's so balanced, he's not been so much astray, he's on time with just about everything, it's pretty cool to see."
Pitchers have noticed Yelich's impulse. He went three times on purpose three times on Sunday and has already drawn six free passes for the season. Since the all-star game last season, Yelich has scored .373 with 29 homers and 75 RBIs in 69 games, with a base of .462 and a .806 percentage.
"It really makes hard stuff pretty easy," Counsell said.
Yelich, 27, also expanded a pair of records that he set up on Saturday. He was the first player in Brewers history to play Homer in the first four games of the season and the first reigning MVP to do so. Yelich scored one of the best 36 home runs of her career in 2018, but seems to be on the right path to skim this season.
"I really just try to be present during the day, whether the night is good or bad," said Yelich. "Just sit back and stay disciplined while working with your team [batting practice] Focus on each day as your own solo [thing] I think you could say Do not let the past or the future. "
Barry Bonds in 2002 and Albert Pujols in 2006 was successful after winning the MVP prizes in the first two games of the year. Both of these big names have won several MVP trophies, a feat that makes Yelich more than imitating.
"If you understand [Yelich] and get to know him, he's very competitive," Counsell said before the series finale on Sunday. "It does not come over right away because there's a lot of humility there and generally he does not talk openly about things, but he's very competitive and I think he took that as a challenge and used it to his advantage." 19659022]