Brewers face key take a look at — Conserving playoff hopes alive with out Yelich – ESPN
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Brewers face key take a look at — Conserving playoff hopes alive with out Yelich – ESPN

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  • David SchoenfieldESPN Senior Writer

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    • Senior creator of SweetSpot baseball weblog
    • Ancient deputy editor of Page 2
    • Been with ESPN.com since 1995

Awful news from Miami, the establish the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Miami Marlins Four-three, but announced after the sport that Christian Yelich will recede out the remainder of the season after breaking a kneecap on a crude ball in the predominant inning. The freak damage came on a 1-1 slider from Elieser Hernandez that Yelich fouled off the pinnacle of his lawful knee. He crumpled to the bottom and lay there for a couple minutes earlier than strolling off below his own vitality, but grimacing in danger as he retreated into the clubhouse.

It be a devastating damage for the Brewers, who lose no longer magnificent their finest player, but a player who had a gamble to take his second consecutive National League MVP award, as Yelich’s season ends with him batting .329/.429/.671 with forty four dwelling runs and 30 stolen bases. His combination of hitting with vitality, hitting for reasonable and thievery on the bases has made him judicious one of primarily the most delightful gamers in the sport the past two seasons, an glaring fan accepted in Milwaukee but furthermore judicious one of many faces of the sport as a big title slugger.

The Brewers began the night two video games abet of the Chicago Cubs for the second wild-card berth and pushed across the winning hurry in the pinnacle of the ninth. Trent Grisham, Yelich’s replacement in the lineup, contributed a key double. With closer Josh Hader unavailable, Drew Pomeranz worked round two hits in the backside of the ninth for his first establish.

Common manager David Stearns commented after the sport on the crushing loss:

David Stearns with the news that Christian Yelich has suffered a fractured lawful kneecap: pic.twitter.com/HxMVzccDxJ

— Todd Rosiak (@Todd_Rosiak) 11th of September, 2019

Lorenzo Cain furthermore commented on losing his outfield mate:

Lorenzo Cain said Christian Yelich had tears in his eyes after learning his kneecap was once broken, understandably so: pic.twitter.com/MO6dyvsYOk

— Todd Rosiak (@Todd_Rosiak) 11th of September, 2019

The Brewers are already taking part in with an damage-riddled lineup. Standout rookie second baseman Keston Hiura, second on the team in OPS, has been out since Aug. 30 with a hamstring strain. Mike Moustakas, who pinch-hit on Tuesday, has had magnificent seven plate appearances since Aug. 26 attributable to a wrist damage. Cain (knee) and Ryan Braun (abet) had been taking part in via injuries.

In a technique, the Brewers possess on the replacement hand received 5 in a row — together with the closing three video games of a four-game assortment in opposition to the Cubs — and eight of their past 10. There would possibly perchance be now not any longer grand solace here, but Yelich has overlooked time this one year with habitual abet complications and the Brewers are 10-7 when he does now not launch (Eleven-7 whenever you depend Tuesday’s take). The Brewers furthermore possess the top closing agenda of the NL playoff contenders as they’ve simplest one assortment closing in opposition to a playoff contender (this weekend at St. Louis). They’ve two extra video games in Miami and, after the Cardinals assortment, make up with the Padres, Pirates, Reds and Rockies.

Quiet, a makeshift lineup will now be grand extra makeshift. Travis Shaw began at third unsuitable on Tuesday and he’s hitting .151. Cory Spangenberg began at second and he has a .273 OBP. Hernan Perez performed shortstop and he has a .276 OBP. Cain is hitting magnificent .253/.321/.353. Without their MVP candidate, and minus Hiura and Moustakas, it is seemingly you’ll perchance presumably possess got to shock the establish the runs will advance from. Now not lower than the Brewers possess some depth in the outfield with Grisham — who has hit .263/.324/.455 in 33 video games — and Ben Gamel, but they’re no longer going to advance abet shut to Yelich’s manufacturing.

This Brewers team has discovered a mode to beat adversity, on the replacement hand. Final one year, they received their closing seven video games and nine of their closing 10 to pressure a tie with the Cubs for the NL Central title after which beat the Cubs in the tiebreaker game. This one year, they’ve had to beat the struggles and injuries in the rotation. Jhoulys Chacin, who began that tiebreaker game a one year ago, went from workers ace to getting released in tiresome August with a 5.Seventy nine ERA. Brandon Woodruff, their finest starter this season, has been out since July 21 with an indirect damage. Corbin Burnes was once supposed to be a key a part of the rotation, but he’s 1-5 with a 9.00 ERA. Then there would possibly perchance be reliever Jeremy Jeffress, an All-Fundamental particular person final season who was once recently gash loose as successfully.

In a technique the Brewers possess fought via all of this and remained in the playoff hurry. They’ll need Grisham or Braun or Eric Thames to win on a roll. They need Moustakas abet ASAP. Manager Craig Counsell showed restraint in no longer the use of Hader on Tuesday after he had pitched Saturday and Sunday in opposition to the Cubs, but he’s doubtlessly going to possess lumber the dominant lefty a slight extra sturdy these closing two-plus weeks.

On paper, the Brewers possess slight probability. They’ve been outscored on the season, their finest player is down, they’ve ground to win up and precious slight time left. But don’t depend them out:

The mood in the #Brewers clubhouse was once predictably muted. But that did no longer pause a replacement of gamers from cheering a Cubs throwing error that allowed the Padres to procedure shut a Four-2 lead in San Diego with the sport taking part in on the TVs.

— Todd Rosiak (@Todd_Rosiak) 11th of September, 2019

As they are saying, in baseball, anything can happen.

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September 11, 2019

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