After hitting a home run in each of his first three games of the season, Brewers slugger Christian Yelich swung for the fences again on Sunday. He came up to bat in the bottom of the first inning, drew an 0-1 count from the Cardinals’ Michael Wacha, and cranked a 107-m.p.h., 408-footer out to right field for his fourth home run in as many games.
The home run put Yelich in some rare company: He’s just the sixth MLB player to rake in four home runs over the first four games of the season, joining the likes of Trevor Story (2016), Chris Davis (2013), Nelson Cruz (2011), Mark McGwire (1998), and Willie Mays (1971). No defending MVP had pulled off the feat so far; neither had any player in Brewers’ history.
As we mentioned here yesterday, Yelich has the opportunity to extend his streak when the Brewers road trip to Cincinnati on Monday. If he manages another homer against the Reds’ Tanner Roark (or a bullpen that ranked 18th-best in the league last year), he’ll be the first player with a five-homer streak to start the season.
The Brewers currently lead the Cardinals 1-0 in the top of the third inning.
Ken Rosenthal and Josh Tolentino of The Athletic report that Rays starter Blake Snell has switched agencies, going from Apex Baseball to Boras Corporation. Snell is currently signed to a five-year, $50 million contract and will be under contract through 2023.
Snell found himself in hot water two weeks ago when he said on his Twitch stream that he wouldn’t risk his life to play baseball during a pandemic while receiving significantly reduced pay. Some described Snell as tone deaf for saying, “I gotta get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, okay?”
Boras represents many of baseball’s highest-paid players, including Gerrit Cole and Bryce Harper. Snell is not likely to win over any of the people he recently irritated by appearing to go after more money by hiring the highest-profile agent. What often goes unsaid is that players have a very limited window in which to use their elite athletic skills to make money.
Snell won the 2018 AL Cy Young Award, going 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA and a 221/64 K/BB ratio over 180 2/3 innings. He did not have nearly the same success last year, going 6-8 with a 4.29 ERA and a 147/40 K/BB ratio in 107 innings.