The Milwaukee Brewers made headlines during the offseason when the team acquired star outfielder Christian Yelich from the Miami Marlins in exchange for four prospects. Yelich, just 26 years old, still has the ability to become an elite player in the MLB. Yelich spent his whole career with the Marlins organization, however, and one had to wonder how quickly he would adapt to the new environment in Milwaukee.
Last season, Yelich hit 18 home runs and had 81 RBIs while batting a respectable .282 from the plate. Over his career, Yelich is a .290 hitter and should be able to improve his offensive production in the hitter-friendly Miller Park as opposed to the much larger Marlins Park.
Yelich did not take long to contribute to the Brew Crew’s success this season as he knocked in the team’s first run. This run was even more significant due to the pitching duel that ensued on Thursday. Both Chase Anderson and Clayton Richard were on fire yesterday, both throwing at least six innings along with a sub-1.30 ERA. Yelich was the only player to deliver a crucial blow during the first eight innings of the contest as he hit an RBI single in the top of the third inning.
Although Yelich failed to get a hit in his other four plate appearances, he did get on base once more with a walk in the eighth inning. Yelich was extremely aggressive in his debut but did manage to get behind in several counts due to his overaggressiveness. Still, one has to be pleased with Yelich’s desire to contribute right out of the gate. Yelich is expected to be a crucial cog in this team’s offense and he will need to drive in some key runs moving forward like he did on Thursday.
Yelich’s debut was even more special due to the outcome of the contest. Despite blowing a 1-0 lead in the ninth inning, the Brewers managed to rally back thanks to Orlando Arcia’s go-ahead RBI single in the 11th which lead the team to a 2-1 win. Arcia’s single salvaged the Brewers’ Opening Day and helped them win a game in which they outplayed their opponent. Yelich gets another shot to make an impact when the Brewers take on the Padres tonight at 9:10 PM CDT.