Can the Brewers Make the Playoffs Without Yelich?

Milwaukee Brewers right fielder Christian Yelich in March 2019. Photo by John Fisher/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (10182742ao)

When Christian Yelich fouled a ball off of his kneecap last week and it was announced that he would be out for the rest of the season, most people immediately predicted that the Brewers have no chance. Losing your star hitter who is the reigning MVP and a top candidate for this year’s MVP, is not a great way to secure a playoff spot when your behind in the Wild Card race.

Meanwhile the Brewers went on a 7 game win streak, and just took 2 of 3 from the Cardinals in a pivotal series. Ryan Braun hit the go ahead grand slam in the top of the 9th while down to the last strike and the Brewers won the finale 7-6. While Braun is not what he was in his prime, he has stepped up big time since Yelich went down with the injury.

Braun’s homer also set the Brewers single season home run record which was previously held in 2007 when Braun and Prince Fielder led the team and were one of the best 3-4 hitters in baseball. After breaking the record and winning two exciting games in St. Louis, the Brewers are making up ground and seem to have momentum on their side.

Not only that, but Milwaukee has the easiest schedule out of any playoff contender, with their last 13 games all being played against sub .500 teams. Don’t give up yet on the resilient Brewers club looking to make it to the playoffs for the 2nd year in a row.