National league slugfest

Pictured are Yelich (left) and Cody Bellinger (right). Image Provided by Perform Media Channels Limited

Pictured are Yelich (left) and Cody Bellinger (right). Image Provided by Perform Media Channels Limited

Cooper Nelson, Staff Writer

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As we near September, the MLB regular season is nearing its end.  As the season winds down, the NL MVP race is just heating up.  Chistian Yelich and Cody Bellinger are the two standout contenders to receive the award of baseball’s Most Valuable Player.  Christian Yelich, the elder of the two players, a 27-year-old superstar on the Milwaukee Brewers, is hitting a blistering .330 avg., with 41 home runs, 89 RBIs, and .425 on-base percentage.  Over the course of the 2019 season the Brewers are 68-65.  They are currently four games back and still well in the playoff picture.  If Yelich is able to rally the troops and secure a playoff spot, that will surely add to his MVP resume.

Up next on the MVP radar is Cody Bellinger.  The 24-year-old hails from sunny Los Angeles, California.  The young phenom holds down the right field spot for the LA Dodgers ball club.  Bellinger has been on a tear with a .308 batting average, 42 home runs, 100 RBIs, and a .409 on-base percentage.   The LA Dodgers, arguably the hottest team in baseball, are currently sitting at 88-47 and leading their division.  The team’s success cannot solely be attributed to Bellinger’s hot season, but he surely is aiding in their effort.  With names like Clayton Kershaw, Joc Pederson, Corey Seager, and of course Cody Bellinger the LA Dodgers are the team to watch coming into the postseason.

The numbers these two players have been able to muster up are extremely impressive.  Both of these super sluggers have had huge success despite their somewhat unconventional swings.  Bellinger steps into the box with a tall hitting stance and high two-handed finish.  His seemingly effortless swing aids in producing his impressive home runs and runs batted in numbers.  Yellich’s swing mechanics are on the other side of this spectrum.  He wows the fans night in and night out with his very flat, chop like swing.  Despite his lack of launch angle and even swing plain, he still has put up the second most home runs in the league, second only to Bellinger.  Recently the baseball community has reached a divide.  There are those who believe advanced statistics and things like launch angle are the new age of baseball.  Opponents of this believe all these numbers and stats are over the top and not how the game was meant to be played.  Because of this controversy, this race between these two young stars gets all the more interesting.  Each seems to embody a baseball philosophy, one new one old.  Now we can only wait and watch as this spectacle unfolds.