After the Milwaukee Brewers missed the postseason by one game in 2017, there were plenty of questions as to who they would add for 2018. They upgraded their outfield, and the new additions have already made an impact.
On January 26, 2018, the Milwaukee struck a deal with Lorenzo Cain for a five-year deal worth $80 million hours after making headlines and acquiring Christian Yelich. This deal was an unorthodox contract for a player who is truly dynamic, but is in his age 32 season.
The Milwaukee Brewers finished their first series in San Diego, and Cain has already paid dividends. The Brewers are 3-0 to start the season, and it is all due in part to the offensive efforts at the top of the order. However, Cain has easily been the standout thus far.
Through the first three games
So far this year Cain has eye-popping numbers the likes that Milwaukee Brewers fans have yet to see in years. Cain is batting a gaudy .571/.600/.786 slash line after going 8-for-14 at the plate. Cain has driven in eight runs already.
His ability too put the bat on the ball is truly incredible. Having him bat lead off in this lineup for the next few years is going to be a nightmare for opposing pitchers.
Let’s remember that this is only the first three games, but Cain is already doing his part to silence the doubters. He’s clearly out to prove that he is worth every penny of his $80 million contract.
Looking Forward to Miller Park
Keep in mind that Cain just posted these numbers in Petco Park. Petco is one of the most pitcher-friendly ballparks in the league. Once he gets to Miller Park you can bet his power numbers will increase. He could hit 20-25 or more home runs this year due to his quick bat and Miller Park’s dimensions.
Cain is also a veteran presence
Cain has also been a part of two World Series in Kansas City. He has had too have an influence on the rest of the team. The Milwaukee Brewers didn’t have many veteran leaders last year, but Cain’s presence was felt in San Diego.
Cain won’t produce these numbers all year, but Milwaukee Brewers GM David Stearns looks like a genius for giving him the chance to come back to where his career began. It may have cost a lot to bring Cain in, but he’s already started to pay dividends for the Brewers.