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.
Yelich went 2-for-3 with a walk, two home runs and three RBI in Saturday's 6-5 win over the Tigers. His seventh-inning solo shot off Daniel Stumpf proved to be the game-winning hit, moving the Brewers into a tie with the Cubs atop the NL Central with one day remaining on the regular-season calendar. Yelich now has a legitimate shot at becoming the first National League player to win a Triple Crown since Joe Medwick in 1937: He has the batting title sewed up at .324, he's tied with Matt Carpenter for the NL lead with 36 homers, and he's only two RBI back of Javier Baez in RBI with 109. Needless to say the performances of Baez and Yelich on the final Sunday, with the eyes of the baseball world on them, could decide a lot of NL MVP votes as well.
Yelich (elbow) started in right field and went 1-for-4 with a double, a walk, two RBI and a run scored Monday in the Brewers' 6-4 win over the Cardinals. Yelich had a minor scare when he was pulled late in Sunday's win over the Pirates after being struck on the right elbow by a pitch. His placement in the lineup a day later suggested the elbow issue wasn't a major concern, with his strong day at the plate offering further validation of his health. The two RBI boosted Yelich's season total to 98, matching the career-best mark he established with the Marlins in 2016.
Yelich (elbow) is starting in right field and hitting second Monday against the Cardinals. Yelcih won't be forced to miss any additional time after exiting Sunday's series-finale win over the Pirates with an elbow injury. The NL MVP candidate is slashing .322/.391/.577 with 32 homers and 21 stolen bases through 140 games this season. He'll face rookie Jack Flaherty in Monday's series opener.