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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.

Rockies, Trevor Story agree on two-year, $27.5 million contract

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.

Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.

This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.

With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.