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Christian Yelich hits for cycle against Reds again

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Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich hit for the cycle for the second time this season, helping his team earn an 8-0 victory over the Reds on Monday night.

Yelich singled in the first inning, doubled in the third, hit a two-run home run in the fifth, and completed the cycle with a two-run triple in the sixth.

Yelich’s last cycle was quite recent, occurring on August 29 against… the Reds. He is the fifth player to hit for the cycle twice in the same season and the first in baseball history to do it twice in the same season against the same team. Those five players, along with Yelich, are Aaron Hill (2012 Diamondbacks), Babe Herman (1931 Brooklyn Dodgers), Tip O’Neill (1887 St. Louis Browns), and Long John Reilly (1883 Cincinnati Red Stockings), according to MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy.

Yelich’s cycle is the third this season. Along with his two, Mookie Betts also completed the cycle on August 9 against the Blue Jays.

On the season, Yelich is now hitting .318/.385/.570 with 31 home runs, 93 RBI, 102 runs scored, and 19 stolen bases in 597 plate appearances. His torrid second half has certainly put him into the NL MVP conversation.

With the win on Monday, the Brewers trail the Cubs by two games in the NL Central. As of this writing, the Cubs are in a scoreless tie with the D-Backs. The Brewers hold a 3.5-game lead over the Dodgers and Cardinals for the first of two Wild Card slots.

Brewers, Jimmy Nelson avoid arbitration with one-year, $3.7 million contract

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Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Brewers and starter Jimmy Nelson have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year, $3.7 million contract. The deal includes a $50,000 bonus if he wins Comeback Player of the Year Award, per Fancred’s Jon Heyman.

Nelson, 29, was entering his second of three years of arbitration eligibility. The right-hander missed the entire 2018 season after undergoing shoulder surgery in September 2017. He had a solid 2017 season, finishing with a 3.49 ERA and a 199/48 K/BB ratio in 1751/3 innings of work. The Brewers are hoping he can return to form this coming season.

Assuming he’s healthy and productive, he will rejoin a rotation that now includes Jhoulys Chacin, Chase Anderson, Zach Davis, and an as yet undecided No. 5 starter.