3 Reasons Christian Yelich Was Robbed of the NL MVP Award

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - SEPTEMBER 06:  Christian Yelich #22 of the Milwaukee Brewers walks to the dugout during a game against the Chicago Cubs at Miller Park on September 06, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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The National League MVP award was handed out by the BBWAA on Thursday night, with the trophy going home with Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Cody Bellinger.

We're not taking anything away from Bellinger's accomplishment, but the honors should have went to Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich. Here are three reasons in particular why Yelich should have been named a back-to-back MVP.

3. Main Factor in Brewers' Success

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - SEPTEMBER 06:  Christian Yelich #22 of the Milwaukee Brewers is congratulated by teammates following a home run against the Chicago Cubs during a game at Miller Park on September 06, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Before Yelich's emergence in Milwaukee in 2018, the Brewers were a middling team in the NL Central, missing the playoffs six years in a row. Yelich put the Brewers over the edge last season, and more importantly this season, leading theteam consecutive playoff berths. Though the team turned it up in September while he was out, they would've never been in such a position without him. This is where the term "MVP" quite literally comes into play. Take Yelich off this team for the whole year and they don't sniff the postseason. As for the Dodgers? They're littered with talent and made a World Series run last year without Bellinger logging anything close to an MVP season.

2. Untimely Injury

MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 10: Craig Counsell #30 of the Milwaukee Brewers looks on as the medical staff tends to the injury of Christian Yelich #22 of the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on September 10, 2019 in Miami, Florida. Christian Yelich will miss the rest of the season after fracturing his right kneecap in Tuesday's victory over the Miami Marlins. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
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Yelich was on pace to repeat as NL MVP, but that came to a halt due to an untimely injury. Of course, we're talking about his fractured knee cap suffered against the Miami Marlins in September. Missing the final month of his campaign certainly swayed the voters, but the bigger question mark is Mike Trout winning the MVP after playing in 134 games (Yelich played in 130). Whatever the case, this award is Yelich's if he played September without a doubt.

1. Beat Bellinger in Most Statistical Categories

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - APRIL 18:  Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Christian Yelich #22 of the Milwaukee Brewers talk prior to a game at Miller Park on April 18, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Cody Bellinger had a strong statistical year in 2019, but it was nowhere near what Christian Yelich accomplished. Bellinger bested Yelich in WAR, and that was it. Yelich posted a .329 batting average, .429 on-base percentage, and .671 slugging percentage. He led the league in all of those categories in addition to OPS+ (179). As for Bellinger, he slashed .305/.406/.629. Oh, and Yelich stole a staggering 30 bases, as opposed to Bellinger's 15.