Yelich went 2-for-2 with a home run, a double, two RBI and two runs scored Thursday against the Angels. Yelich laced a double to right field in the first inning and smacked a two-run home run in the third before being lifted. He's been so locked in at the plate that the Brewers have had a quick leash with their star outfielder in spring training, per Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "We've taken him out of the games quickly a couple of times," stated manager Craig Counsell. "He squares up two balls every day. You just want to make sure he's feeling good." Yelich is seeing the ball well so far this spring, as he's now 12-for-24 with three homers, five RBI and seven runs scored.
Yelich went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Saturday's spring game against the Angels. The Brewers flexed their power early Saturday as Eric Thames and Yelich hit back-to-back homers to start the game. The reigning NL MVP has looked the part thus far in spring training as he is 7-for-18 with three doubles and two home runs in seven games.
Yelich went 2-for-2 with a solo home run, a double and two RBI against the Reds on Sunday. Yelich clubbed a solo homer in the first inning and drove in a run during the second on a double to the gap, notching his third and fourth hits of spring training. Although Opening Day is more than three weeks away, Yelich is looking sharp early in camp.
Yelich was named the 2018 National League Most Valuable Player on Thursday. Yelich, who received all but one first-place vote, was deservedly rewarded for his breakout season in 2018. In his first year with the Brewers, the 26-year-old led the National League in batting average (.326) and OPS (1.000) while also notching personal bests in homers (36), stolen bases (22), RBI (110) and runs scored (118). An impressive stretch run -- during which he hit .370/.508/.804 with 10 homers, 34 RBI, seven stolen bases and a 16:24 K:BB in September (27 games) -- ultimately helped Yelich beat out NL Central-rival Javy Baez for the award (while also helping the Brewers reach the NLCS).
Yelich went 0-for-3 in Sunday's series-clinching victory over the Rockies, but he did walk twice. He also scored a run and stole his second base of the series. Yelich totaled just two hits against the Rockies, but one of them was a two-run home run in Game 1, and he reached base two times via the walk in all three games en route to posting a .571 OBP in the series. The NL MVP favorite will continue playing every day for the Brewers the rest of the way.