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  • Brewer Bits: Christian Yelich's Offensive Burst is Like Old Times

    Kyle Ginsbach

    The Brewers are off to a hot start in the second half, and no one is more responsible than Yelich himself.


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    It might finally be happening. Between injuries, poor play, and batted-ball bad luck, Christian Yelich hasn’t been the same player since 2019. While the 2018-2019 Yelich might be a blip in the past, the new and improved second half Yelich isn’t a bad consolation prize. 

    The Brewers are 7-2 since the All-Star break, and in those nine games, Yelich has recorded at least one hit. He’s introduced a new mechanical change into his swing, doing away with his old leg kick in favor of a toe tap. The new approach has helped Yelich timing wise, and done wonders for his production too. His slash line since the break sits at .344/488/.563, good for a WRC+ of 185. If he can keep up this absurd pace, it would be Yelich’s best second half since his MVP season in 2018. 

    Sure, it's a small sample size. But so far, Yelich's numbers and his new found willingness to go opposite field are plenty valuable. It’s been said that Yelich needs to be on his A-game for the Brewers to go far, and so far, so good.


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    I'll certainly take that slash line, but more than happy to just get a more modest .300+ Batting average, .400+ OBP and threaten .500 on the SLG. AKA something like Rickey Henderson with fewer steals (but a way better percentage).

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