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Christian Yelich puts Brewers ahead 1-0 in third inning

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The Cubs and Brewers felt each other out for the first two innings but the Brewers have drawn first blood with two outs in the top of the third.

Orlando Arcia led the inning off with a single, and the pitcher, Jhoulys Chacin, sacrificed him to second. It was an interesting play as there were two strikes when Chacin laid that bunt down. It was hit hard and may very well have rolled foul if Anthony Rizzo had let it go. If that had happened, he’d be out on a strikeout and Arcia would be stuck at first base. Honestly, though: almost all players in Rizzo’s shoes field that ball and tag Chacin out to guarantee the out.

Arcia reaching second was key, however, as he advanced to third on a Lorenzo Cain groundout. It was a groundout, by the way, that would’ve been a single up the middle against most teams, but Javier Baez ranged far up the middle from short to cut it off and throw Cain out. So, runner on third, two out, Christian Yelich up to bat.

Do you walk Yelich here? I know a lot of teams would. The Cardinals sure as heck took that approach against the Brewers last weekend when they played each other and many other clubs might be inclined to treat the likely NL MVP winner like he’s Barry Bonds or something and let someone else beat you. Jose Quintana was not given such orders, however. He delivered a fat 1-1 pitch which Yelich served up to right-center, driving in Arcia and putting the Brewers ahead 1-0:

And on we go.

Freddie Freeman has elbow surgery

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Freddie Freeman‘s elbow began barking in the second half of the season and he was a shadow of himself in the month of September. The Braves rested him for half a minute in the season’s final week but he still played 158 games in 2019. They said he was good to go for the NLDS but he was clearly limited, going 4-for-22 in the Braves’ series loss to the Cardinals.

Today the Braves announced that Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday. The team said today that the procedure involved the removal of three fragmented loose bodies and the cleaning up of multiple bone spur formations.

It’s not clear if more rest down the stretch would’ve made a difference for him — and it’s not clear that the Braves had options at first base for the postseason that were substantially better than even a limited Freeman — but it’s clear that not having Freeman feeling like himself in the heart of the order was a problem.

Freeman is expected to be good-to-go for spring training.