If not for Cody Bellinger's terrific season, we would all be ready to proclaim Christian Yelich as well on his way to winning a second consecutive National League MVP award. The Milwaukee Brewers slugger is in the midst of a two-year stretch that has not only made him a household name, but creates buzz every time he steps out of the dugout.
At points, it seems as if the only way to prevent Yelich from doing damage is to walk him, as every pitch thrown near the plate gives the man the opportunity to demonstrate his skill with the bat. And if opponents assumed Yelich would eventually cool off, well...they might want to look away from this graphic.
Yelich has hit .559 in June thus far, and has continued to dominate opposing pitchers. The torrid pace in June has raised his season average to .346, to go along with his 25 home runs and 54 RBI.
Over his last seven games, Yelich is hitting a ridiculous .600 with three home runs and five RBI. There is absolutely no stopping the outfielder when he gets this hot, and this hot streak has now carried on for the better part of one year.
Yelich is setting records left and right, and is now tied with Bellinger in RBI with 54, leads Bellinger in homers by five, and trails in average by just .06 points, as Bellinger has a .352 average this year, down from the .400s well into Maya.
Yelich could be looking at a potential Triple Crown and another MVP award on his shelf, putting his stamp on the game and marking himself as the best pure hitter in baseball right now.