Milwaukee Brewers: Will the Christian Yelich Injury Affect Wild Card Race?

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich fouled a ball off his knee in Tuesday night’s 7-3 win on the road over the Miami Marlins. During that at-bat, he tried to get up but Yelich wasn’t able to. He had to be helped off the field and it was discovered after the game that Christian Yelich has a fractured kneecap and he is out for the season.

Yelich was most likely one of the favorites to win the National League MVP Award. He won the award last season. Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger will most likely be the favorite to win the award now.

Christian Yelich finished the season with a .329 batting average for the Brewers. He has 44 home runs and 97 RBI’s, along with 30 stolen bases. His on-base percentage was .429.

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The Milwaukee Brewers World Series hopes are most likely dashed without Christian Yelich. They are only one game back of the Chicago Cubs for the second wild-card spot in the National League. The Brewers actually has a favorable schedule down the stretch anyways.

Milwaukee Brewers Remaining Schedule

They have two more games against the Miami Marlins on the road. Three more games against the St. Louis Cardinals on the road. Four more games against the San Diego Padres at home. Three more games against the Pittsburgh Pirates at home. Three more games against the Cincinnati Reds on the road, and three more games against the Colorado Rockies on the road on the final weekend of the season.

St. Louis is only the playoff team they face in this stretch. They are still good enough, but the Brewers will miss his presence.

The Philadelphia Phillies, the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the New York Mets are trying to chase the Brewers and the Cubs for the second wild-card spot.

The Washington Nationals currently lead Chicago by 2.5 games for the first wild card spot in the National League.

Washington Nationals Remaining Schedule

Two on the road against the Minnesota Twins. Three at home against the Atlanta Braves. Three on the road against the St. Louis Cardinals. Three on the road against the Miami Marlins. Five at home against the Philadelphia Phillies, and three at home against the Cleveland Indians.

Chicago Cubs Remaining Schedule

Two on the road against the San Diego Padres. Three at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Three at home against the Cincinnati Reds. Four at home against the St. Louis Cardinals. Three on the road against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and three on the road against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Arizona Diamond Backs Remaining Schedule

Two on the road against the New York Mets. Three at home against the Cincinnati Reds. Three at home against the Miami Marlins. Three on the road against the San Diego Padres. Three at home against the St. Louis Cardinals, and three at home against the San Diego Padres.

Philadelphia Phillies Remaining Schedule

Two at home against the Atlanta Braves. Two at home against the Boston Red Sox. Three on the road against the Atlanta Braves. Three on the road against the Cleveland Indians. Five on the road against the Washington Nationals, and three at home against the Miami Marlins.

New York Mets Remaining Schedule

Two at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Three at home against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Three on the road against the Colorado Rockies. Three on the road against the Cincinnati Reds. Four at home against the Miami Marlins, and three at home against the Atlanta Braves.

Arizona and Chicago have the two easiest schedules remaining. Washington might have the toughest schedule remaining, but I don’t know if they will miss. It is very possible that there could be some potential tie-breaker games in order to determine the wild card spots.

It is too hard to predict who will be the two wild card teams in the National League.

Current Wild Card Standings: WC1: Washington (79-64) +2.5, WC2: Chicago (77-67), Milwaukee (76-68) 1 GB, Philadelphia (75-69) 2 GB, Arizona (75-70) 2.5 GB, and New York (74-70) 3 GB.

Between 85-87 wins might get the Milwaukee Brewers or one of these other teams into the postseason.

According to fan graph, the Washington Nationals have a 94.8 percent chance to make it to the playoffs. The Chicago Cubs have a 60.9 percent chance to make it to the playoffs.

First off, the Milwaukee Brewers have a 24.7 percent chance to make it to the playoffs. Next, the New York Mets have a 13.7 percent chance to make it to the playoffs. Then the Arizona Diamondbacks have a 7.1 percent chance to make it to the playoffs. Finally, the Philadelphia Phillies have a 5.1 chance to make it to the playoffs.

I think the Milwaukee Brewers would have had a better chance to reach the playoffs if Christian Yelich was healthy. He was there most reliable player. Manager Craig Counsell has a big challenge on his hand and he needs to keep his team focused because the postseason is still a possibility. A lot of people are already counting the Brewers out of the postseason.

How do you feel about the playoff chances of the Milwaukee Brewers after the Christian Yelich injury? Leave a comment below.

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