If you're hoping to gain MVP hype, being named your league's top player for the past week three times -- and twice in the past month -- is one way to get that national attention.
Yelich hit .545/.615/1.0981 for a 1.706 OPS in the past week, with 12 hits (including 4 doubles, a triple and 2 home runs), 2 stolen bases, and 7 runs scored.
In case you were wondering, Javier Baez hit .261/.320/.696 for a 1.016 OPS in the past week, with 6 hits (including 1 double, no triples, and 3 home runs), no stolen bases, and 4 runs scored.
Sometimes the award comes down to who finishes the year the hottest, influencing the voters' final memories of the season. Just ask Matt Kemp in 2011.