Christian Yelich (31), who fell from a ‘hope’ to a ‘exploit’ of the Milwaukee Brewers of the US Major League (MLB), is showing signs of a revival.
Yelich leads the team’s batting average with a batting average of 0.348, OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage), 4 home runs, 12 RBIs, and 4 stolen bases from May until today (15th). Narrowing it down to the last seven games is even better. He wields a .364 batting average, 1.235 OPS, 3 home runs and 9 RBIs.
Due to the sluggishness in the beginning, the season’s performance remains at 0.258 batting average, 7 home runs, and 0.765 OPS, but it is clear that they are on the rise recently.
Traded from the Miami Marlins to Milwaukee in January 2018, Yelich has truly emerged as a Wisconsin superstar. That year, he hit career highs with a batting average of .326, 36 home runs, 110 RBIs, 22 stolen bases, and an OPS of 1.000, and even won the National League (NL) MVP.
His performance continued in 2019. He had a .329 batting average, 44 homers, 97 RBIs, 30 stolen bases, and an OPS of 1.100 for his 2018+ year performance. Although he also joined the 30-30 club for the first time in his life, the MVP went to Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who performed better than Yelich at the time. (2nd MVP at the time of Yelich)
Encouraged by Yelich’s performance, Milwaukee signs a nine-year, $215 million contract extension after the 2019 season. From the point of view of Milwaukee, a small market, it was the club’s highest-ever contract with the club’s fate on the line. Considering that the amount was $223 million when owner Mark Atanasio bought the Milwaukee in 2005, you can see how high the club’s expectations for Yelich were스포츠토토.
After this contract, which was said to be lower than Yelich’s ability, and the so-called ‘Hyeja’ came out, Yelich became a different player. Although it was considered the aftermath of a knee injury suffered in 2019 when he posted a .205 batting average, 12 homers and a 0.786 OPS in 2020, Yelich’s form declined year after year.
He didn’t even hit a double-digit home run in 2021 with a batting average of 0.248, 9 home runs, and an OPS of 0.735. A superstar who signed an all-time club-friendly contract has fallen to the level of eating and running.
In fact, Milwaukee is a team that must perform this year. Excluding Yelich’s contract, which is confirmed until 2028, this is because Milwaukee’s one-two punch, Corbin Burns and Brandon Woodruff, have happy hour until next year. Due to the nature of Milwaukee, which cannot sign large contracts locally, there is a prospect that both Burns and Woodruff will be traded after this season. This is why Milwaukee has to perform this year.
Currently, Milwaukee is in first place in the NL Central Division with 23 wins and 18 losses, but has not been able to show overwhelming performance. But if Yelich returns to the form he was in 2018-2019, things could be quite different. It is noteworthy whether Yelich, who showed only disappointing appearances after his contract extension, can succeed in reviving this season.