Baseball’s bigwigs are meeting in Cooperstown. Here’s something on the table:
Great. And I do mean great: I want to see the right calls made, and if this means the right calls are made this October I’m all for it.
Someone please tell me, though, why one would start something new in the playoffs rather than in spring games that don’t matter or at the beginning of the season so you can work out the bugs. Because remember: the complexity of any proposed system is what has long been cited as a reason for baseball dragging its feet on expanded replay.
If you can drop it in with a little over a month’s notice to the most important games of the season, why couldn’t this have been done long ago? If the system is so complex and problems are likely to be encountered, why are we dropping it in now?
Christian Yelich simply can’t be stopped. The Brewers outfielder (and defending NL MVP) entered Saturday’s game with a league-leading 11 home runs after swatting two against the Dodgers on Friday night, then clubbed another two homers in the first six innings of Saturday’s game.
The first came on a 2-1 pitch from the Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu, who lobbed a changeup toward the bottom of the strike zone before it was lifted up and out to center field for a solo home run in the third inning.
While Chase Anderson and Alex Claudio held down the fort against the Dodgers’ lineup, Yelich prepared for his second blast in the sixth inning — this one a 421-foot double-decker on a first-pitch curveball from Ryu.
Yelich’s 13 home runs not only gave him a stronger grip on the league’s leaderboard, but helped him tie yet another franchise record, too. Per MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, he’s tied with Prince Fielder for the most home runs hit by a Brewers player in a single month, and sits just one home run shy of tying Álex Rodríguez’s 2007 record for most home runs hit within any club’s first 22 games of the season.
It may be far too early to predict which players will finish first in the MVP races this fall, but there’s no denying Yelich has already set himself apart from the competition. Through Saturday’s performance, he’s batting .361/.459/.880 with a 1.329 OPS and MLB-best 31 RBI across 98 PA so far.