MILWAUKEE – Maybe he's a psychic.
If you can believe it, Christian Yelich did it again against the Cardinals, as if he knew what was coming.
His three-run homer in the fifth inning on Tuesday opened an eight-run lead for the Brewers in an 8-4 victory at Miller Park, giving Yelich
MILWAUKEE – Maybe he is psychic.
If you can believe it,
His three-run homer in the fifth inning on Tuesday opened an eight-run lead for the Brewers in an 8-4 victory at Miller Park, which gave Yelich a home run in six games against the Cardinals this season, and seven consecutive games against St. Louis in which he has had a at-bat that goes back to last year.
The Brewers have won five of their first six games against the Cardinals, thanks in large part to Yelich, who has hit eight of his nine homers at San Luis' expense. Less than three weeks after the Opening, Yelich is already the first batter in the history of the Brewers in home runs eight times against the Cardinals in a single season.
You will have many opportunities to hit more; The teams have 13 games left on the calendar.
"It's almost like he's a psychic," Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said Monday after Yelich recovered from two no-hit games at Dodger Stadium to go three innings with seven RBIs in a victory. the Brewers.
That led some to wonder if Shildt was suggesting the possibility of stealing signals.
Not so, Shildt said Tuesday afternoon.
"That was not what I meant," Shildt said. "We're always aware, we have to be, that's the game we play today, I'm not taking anything away from Christian Yelich." The comment that he was psychic was that he was conscious and raised at this moment about what what is happening, where he is going and what he is doing, and that is a fact of his. "
For the record, the Brewers insist that they are not stealing signs. This was said by Yelich and Lorenzo Cain, who also hit a home run to trigger a third inning of five runs marked by a two-run double by Brewers starter Brandon Woodruff.
"We're not stealing signals, I promise," said Cain. "The boy is just good. Well flat. He is just a flat stallion. "
"We did not have the signs," Yelich said. "But, I mean, nobody's going to care if I say we did not have them, but we did not, it's about executing when you get a pitch, an error. [the suggestion] or something like that. It's just the baseball game. What are you going to do?"
One could not blame the Cardinals if they were curious. Yelich has 14 homers in 22 games against St. Louis since joining the Brewers, 12 of which have come in 16 meetings at Miller Park.
The 10 races run by Yelich in the first two games of this three-game series are already the highest of a Brewers player in a series against the Cardinals. Casey McGehee had the previous record with nine RBIs in a series against St. Louis in 2009.
The damage on Tuesday was against Cardinals newcomer Ryan Helsley, fresh from Triple-A Memphis for his major league debut. Armed with a fastball that reached 101.5 mph, Helsley drew Yelich as his first hitter with two runners and two outs. He hung a 2-2 slider, and Yelich hit him in the stands on the right field.
Welcome to the big leagues.
"People say you can walk with him to get to [Ryan] Braun, "Shildt said. "What are you going to say to a guy who comes to the big leagues?" You're not good enough to throw a good hitter. "He went straight to him, Guy put a swing on him.
The Brewers are making those tougher decisions with the Cardinals by putting runners in the base. Of Yelich's four home runs in the last two days, three have come in situations in which a walk would have loaded the bases.
It's to the point that the Cardinals are reconsidering. Maybe it's time to give Yelich the Barry Bonds treatment and start ordering intentional walks.
"It's possible [Wednesday]"Shildt said." Absolutely. It's possible. The definition of madness is to do the same thing over and over again. There is a thin line between giving Bonds treatment and appreciating the fact that at some point you feel it will end. We also want our boys to compete and execute. At this moment, against him, we are not consistently. "
More club records are within reach with Yelich in nine homers and 25 RBIs this season. The franchise record for home runs in March / April is 11 for Eric Thames in 2017. The record for March / April driven races is 26 for Prince Fielder in 2011. After Tuesday, the Brewers have 13 games remaining in April .
"[The Cardinals] he has a very good staff there, a very good team in general, "said Cain." I mean, that guy was throwing 100 and then he threw [Yelich] A slider The type is in everything. I just want him to stay as close as possible. "
Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him Twitter and Instagram and like him on facebook.