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"One year ago today, Christian Yelich was having the same season he’d had the previous two. He was hitting for average, drawing walks, hitting the ball pretty hard but on the ground a lot. He was providing value on the bases and in the field. He also wasn’t the best player in his own team’s outfield, being outplayed by Lorenzo Cain, who had the best MVP case on the Brewers deep into August. I would argue that a year ago today, we had as good a read on what Christian Yelich was, and would continue to be, as we did on any player in baseball. Yelich was exactly the same hitter in the first half as he’d been the previous two seasons, and in the period just prior to the break he’d doubled down on his worst traits, hitting the ball on the ground as much as anyone in the game.
"That guy has hit 57 homers in the last year."