Article by: Zach Henley
After one month into the regular season, the National League already has a race for league MVP. As of right now, it's a clear two-man race between Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger. After 23 games, the stars have 24 home runs with 59 RBIs with a combined .389 batting average. As we can easily see, both players are on historic paces to begin the season. Christian Yelich, the reigning National League MVP, has recorded a .353 batting average along with 13 home runs and 31 RBIs. Since the second half of the 2018 season, Yelich has hit 38 home runs, with 98 RBIs and his average is a ridiculous .360. Last March and April, Yelich hit 2 home runs, with 9 RBI’s and a batting average of .271. Over a years’ time, Yelich has improved his already superstar status and has become even more valuable to the Brewers.
On the other side, Cody Bellinger has raised some eyebrows and has made his case to be a future MVP. Bellinger has totaled 11 home runs, with 28 RBIs and a league leading .424 batting average. Last season, the 23-year-old won the rookie of the year and the NLCS MVP award. Before last year’s all-star break, Bellinger hit 17 home runs with 44 RBIs and below an average of .245. Bellinger has already shown what he is capable of and shows that he is the most important player on the Dodgers’ squad right now.
So far this season, the Dodgers have kept the wins coming, with a 15-9 record. That record is the best in the National League. The Brewers’ current record is 13-10 and that is good for third the competitive central division. If Yelich continues to dominate, then the Brewers will have no problem improving that record. These two stars show that the league is going in the right direction and that young players are starting to take over.
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