How did they not learn? A day after Brewers defender Christian Yelich hit three and knocked out seven RBIs in a 10-7 win, the St. Louis Cardinals preferred to play again. Why idiots?
Going to the game on Tuesday, Yelich had seven times in five games against the cardinals. The 2018 NL MVP is not sloppy, but this has been an absurdly hot trend, and the best way for an opponent to mitigate the damage would be to play around him. Last night, Yelich was second, and shortly after him was Ryan Braun, whose percentage of slugging is a 0407 not intimidating. While Yelich chose the first inning, the Redbirds managed to eliminate him twice in the third (even when they gave up five runs). He returned to the plate in the fifth round, with two runners and two outs, and the cardinals chose to press their luck. St. Louis coach Mike Shildt has decided to have pitcher Ryan Helsley play with Yelich instead of taking a walk and tackling the much less dangerous Braun. Guess what happened:
This gives Yelich eight dingers in six games against the cardinals, and at this point he should be given a role in the front office of the team.
The Brewers won by 8-4, and after the game, Shildt explained his numbing reasoning to let Helsley face Yelich. The coach thought it best to let his green reliever face one of baseball's best hitters to keep his confidence. For sure, Helsley felt very good after giving up a huge three-race dana that left the game out of reach. In St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
"We put Helsley on fire," coach Mike Shildt said. "People will say that you could have walked with him to get to (Ryan) Braun. But what are you really going to tell a guy who comes to the big leagues – what (he) is not good enough to throw at a good hitter? I'm not going to send a message to a guy making his league debut like that.
"He went straight to him. It was a difficult situation. But it's all from here, right?
The two teams are playing the final game of their series this afternoon. Shildt said last night that he would intentionally consider joining Yelich, but he was not committed to the idea. Through Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
"Is it possible tomorrow? Absolutely. It is possible, "he said. "The definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over again. There is a fine line between giving the (Barry) Bonds treatment and appreciating the fact at some point that you feel will end.
"We also want our boys to compete and perform. Right now against him, we are not consistently. "
It seemed impossible for the cardinals to find a manager more foolish than Mike Matheny, but they could have actually done that.