The Milwaukee Brewers took the field Tuesday evening in Miami with a decimated lineup and a remote chance of playing into October, as FanGraphs pegged their odds of sneaking into the postseason at 22.6% prior to their 4-3 win over the Marlins.
It was very much a Pyrrhic victory.
Already beset by an injury to rookie sensation Keston Hiura - and with veterans Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain, and Ryan Braun each struggling through their own physical issues - the Brewers received a devastating blow when reigning (and presumptive 2019) National League MVP Christian Yelich fouled a pitch off his right kneecap in the top of the first inning, fracturing the thing and ending his season.
It was likely an insurmountable blow for the Brewers - who currently sit just one game back of the second NL wild-card spot - despite their recent surge and a relatively cushy remaining schedule.
Yelich, after all, has been baseball's best player not named Mike Trout this year, following up his eye-popping 2018 campaign with even better production. He ends his season trailing only Trout for the major-league lead in FanGraphs WAR (7.7) and wRC+ (173), while posting a number of other career bests.