Christian Yelich’s bid to become the first NL Triple Crown winner since 1937 appeared to fall agonizingly short after Sunday’s regular-season finale.
But wait — the Brewers’ outfielder gets one more unexpected shot. The Brewers’ tiebreaker game against the Cubs on Monday (1 p.m. ET, ESPN) to decide the NL Central champion is treated like a regular-season game for statistical purposes. That means the Milwaukee slugger gets one more chance at the rare feat.
But it won’t be easy, as several other players he’s chasing in the stats column are playing Monday in one of the two tiebreakers (the Dodgers host the Rockies at 4 p.m. ET.).
Here’s how Yelich’s pursuit of history looks heading into Monday’s tiebreaker
— Yelich enters the game at Wrigley Field having already clinched the NL batting title with a .323 average (the Reds’ Scooter Gennett is second at .310).
— Yelich is tied for second in home runs (36) with Rockies shortstop Trevor Story, with both one behind NL leader Nolan Arenado, who homered twice Sunday. And don’t count out Brewers first baseman Jesús Aguilar, who has 35 home runs.
— Yelich enters the day with 109 RBIs, tied with Arenado for second in the NL and two RBIs behind Cubs infielder Javier Baez. Once again, Aguilar (108 RBIs) and Story (107) pose a challenge in this category.
Obviously, it won’t be easy, but Yelich has a clear path to become the first NL Triple Crown winner since Joe Medwick of the Cardinals 81 years ago. Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera became the first Triple Crown winner in either league since 1967 when he pulled off the feat in 2012.