Christian Yelich Makes His Case for MVP
The Emmys were last night where they honor television in all forms. You could argue with the influx of great television shows that it’s a bigger deal to win an Emmy than it is an Oscar. When you’re submitting your show to the Emmy’s, you pick out one episode that was the best version of the character you’re playing that season. I watched The Sopranos recently and would always go to Wikipedia after the season finished to see which episodes they chose for the actors and actresses. If baseball were The Emmys, Christian Yelich would have submitted the tape tonight for his second cycle in 18 days. Yelich continues to come closer to the leaderboards of major categories. He is winning in several advanced metrics categories. He’s my MVP.
Christian Yelich updated season line:
.318/.385/.570, 31 HR, 154 wRC+, .405 wOBA
Currently leading the NL in average, wRC+, wOBA, & fWAR. #MVP
— Brewers Farm (@BrewersFarm) September 18, 2018
Yelich profiles better than Baez because he’s a better all-around player. Baez does not have the walks and strikes out at a high rate where some of his all-around metrics get dinged hence Yelich being superior. Baez does have two things going for him – RBIs and stolen bases. RBIs are an antiquated stat used by my dad and his friends. Baez gets more opportunities to drive runs in with the way he gets moved around the order, and Chicago getting runners on base for him. Stolen bases are pretty close, and Yelich could overtake him before season’s end.
The question for the writers is how many will fall in love with the city and team? I’m not playing the ‘no respect’ angle for the Brewers. They get enough but you know the Cubs will be favored over Milwaukee. Even though this shouldn’t be a factor, some might look at who wins the division and give the MVP to the player on that team. While Yelich should be one of the new faces of baseball, Baez already has that crown, and the league would love to promote him in the way they did for Kris Bryant, Bryce Harper, etc. Hopefully, writers will set aside this things and look at season performance versus the other variables.
Brewers will make their own push. I love the #ThisIsMyMVP hashtag and hope it continues for the remainder of the year. Excited to see what Yelich has in store for an encore tonight.