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Christian Yelich continues homer rampage vs. Cardinals

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Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich continued to terrorize Cardinals pitching on Tuesday, belting a three-run home run off of Ryan Helsley in the fifth inning, upping the lead to 8-0. Yelich also hit three homers against the Cardinals on Monday and now has nine dingers on the season. Of those nine homers, eight have come against Cardinals pitching. He has homered in all five games against them this season.

The Brewers opened the season with a four-game set at home against the Red Birds, spanning March 28-31, and Yelich homered in each of them. Yelich then went homerless until going deep in the series finale against the Cubs on April 7. Yelich went homerless for another week before the Brewers opened up their three-game set against the Cardinals yesterday.

Could Yelich be even better than he was last year, when he won NL MVP? In 2018, he hit .326/.402/.598 with 36 home runs, 110 RBI, 118 runs scored, and 22 stolen bases in 651 plate appearances. Entering Tuesday’s action, he was hitting .354/.449/.785 on the season with eight homers, 22 RBI, 17 runs scored, and three stolen bases in 78 plate appearances.

Mets’ McNeil carted off vs. Nats after crash into wall

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NEW YORK — New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil was carted off the field Thursday after crashing into the left field wall in the first inning to rob the Washington Nationals’ Asdrubal Cabrera of a two-run extra-base hit.

McNeil, a natural infielder who has been manning both outfielder corners for the Mets since last year, raced at full speed to the warning track and made an impressive lunging catch for the final out of the inning. He crashed into the wall with both arms extended and raised his glove hand as he fell to indicate he had the ball.

But McNeil was in obvious pain as he covered his eyes with both hands and yelled before flinging his glove off. He briefly tried getting up but only made it a few steps with a trainer and manager Luis Rojas before sitting back down.

McNeil was able to walk to a cart on the warning track before being driven off the field.

The Mets said in the fourth inning McNeil was still being evaluated and an update would be provided after the game.

McNeil, who has started at third base and left field this season, is batting .293 with seven RBIs in 16 games. He made the All-Star team last season and is a career .319 hitter in 212 games.

Billy Hamilton pinch-hit for McNeil in the bottom half of the inning.