The National League MVP Award should come down to 2 players, Javy Baez and Christian Yelich. Oh, I’m sure the jackasses in St. Louis are going to vote for Matt Carpenter, but realistically its Baez vs Yelich. So who ya got? Let’s look at the tale of the tape and see which man was truly the MVP

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Christian Yelich. Yelich came over to the Brewers from Miami during the Marlin’s semi-annual fire sale. Yelich hit .326 for Milwaukee with 36 homer runs and 110 RBI. He won the batting title with that mark, and was second in the league in RBI. He also played solid defense at all 3 outfield positions.

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Javy Baez.  A home grown Cub taken in the first round, Baez hit .290 with 34 home runs and a league leading 111 RBI. Baez was the gold standard in the field, despite manning 3 different positions at times, 3rd, 2nd, and short.

The stats are pretty even. There’s 1 game I just can’t get out of my head, and for me it’s the deciding factor. The last Saturday of the season began with the Cubs holding a 1 game lead in the division over the Brewers. The Cubs lost to the rival Cardinals. Later that evening, now just half a game behind, the Brewers played the Tigers. With the game tied 5-5 late, Yelich hit the game winning home run. That home run tied the division, which lead to the 1 game playoff at Wrigley Field for the division, which the Brewers and Yelich won, which sent the Cubs into another 1 game situation as a Wild Card, which they in turn lost to Colorado. That home run by Yelich started a chain reaction that ultimately sent the Cubs home. When the Brewers needed it the most, Yelich delivered. I’m sorry Cubs fans, I know you don’t want to hear this, but Christian Yelich is the MVP.

This MVP race is kind of a microcosm of the whole season. For most of the year, Baez was everybody’s choice for the MVP. Just like the Cubs were in first place most of the season. But in the end, if we are putting down our pom poms and being honest, the Brewers edged out the Cubs, and Yelich edged out Baez.

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This doesn’t take anything away from the season Javy had. He carried the Cubs through Kris Bryant’s injury, Anthony Rizzo’s slow start, Willson Contreras’ off year, and all the injuries. If I am being completely honest, I never saw this coming for Baez. I thought he would be a low average high strikeout guy who never really would put it all together, and I wouldn’t have been surprised if he’d been traded before this year. I am happy to report that I was dead wrong. I guess that’s why I’m just some shlub writer and not a scout.  I only hope that I continue to be wrong, and that Baez builds on this season, continues to cut down the strikeouts, and becomes the superstar that he appeared to be this season.

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