The Milwaukee Brewers top two offseason acquisitions, Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain, have been playing as advertised this year. Lorenzo Cain has been a great leadoff hitter and deserves to be an All-Star.
We already know why Christian Yelich deserves to go to the All-Star Game, but his fellow outfielder Lorenzo Cain is also deserving of a trip to Washington, D.C. this July.
In the latest All Star balloting update, Cain moved up in the standings a little bit, going from 15th in the initial tally up to 13th in the most recent. While he’s trending in a positive direction, Cain still should be way higher up in these standings right now than he is.
Lorenzo Cain By The Numbers
Cain has been the tablesetter for this Milwaukee Brewers offense. He’s hitting .291/.393/.446 at the top of the Crew’s lineup. He’s added eight home runs already this season and 15 doubles. Cain’s 15 stolen bases leads the club and is 4th in the National League.
Also, Cain is 6th in the NL in walks drawn. His OBP of .393 is 5th highest in the NL, and the top amongst NL outfielders.
The Brewers center fielder has been worth 3.9 WAR this season, ninth in MLB and third in the NL. Cain has been worth the most wins among NL position players this season.
Cain is easily one of the top offensive players in the NL this season, and he’s playing like an All-Star, leading the offense of a first place team. But the offense is not the only thing that Cain has provided the Crew this year.
His defense has been ridiculously good out in center field. Although it may not seem like since he makes every play look easy. But Cain has been worth 12 Defensive Runs Saved, easily among the best in baseball. Cain’s seven assists are tops among NL center fielders.
Lorenzo Cain’s All-Star case
Lorenzo Cain has easily been the best player in this Milwaukee Brewers lineup. He’s one of the top 10 all around players in Major League baseball. Yet he’s not even in the top 10 in All-Star voting among NL outfielders. This is an injustice.
Get out the vote for Lorenzo Cain. He’s truly been a player deserving of going to the All-Star Game. There’s no better representative of this Brewers ballclub than Cain for this year’s Midsummer Classic.
No Brewers player made it into the actual All Star Game last year after Joe Maddon refused to put Corey Knebel into the game, but I digress. Getting Cain into the starting lineup would be a great way to send the message to the rest of the league that what the Brewers have is something special.
Cain has only gone to one All-Star Game in his career, back in 2015. He deserves another trip.