As I mentioned in yesterday’s recaps, Blue Jays’ third baseman Josh Donaldson was somewhat animated in his interaction with the Angels’ dugout during Monday afternoon’s game. Specifically, there were some gesticulations and words with which Donaldson suggested that the Angels do things to certain parts of his anatomy which they were not likely inclined to do.
I’m guessing he’ll get a token “won’t someone think of the children?!” fine given that his anatomical suggestion to the Angels’ dugout was likely loud enough to be heard by fans and MLB is rather taken with the family experience these days. I mean, back in the 70s they were probably more worried about the fans being bad influences on the players — really, crowds in the 70s were drunken, loutish train wrecks — but it’s 2015 now and we expect some damn decorum around here.
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.