The Milwaukee Brewers lineup in 2020 wasn’t perfect. But this lineup would be perfect for the 2021 season.
After a rough offensive season in 2020, the Brewers lineup needs a little bit of a boost. David Stearns needs to get the pieces for Craig Counsell to put together the perfect lineup in 2021.
What makes constructing this lineup difficult right now, is the lack of clarity on the DH position in the NL next season. MLB has told teams to operate as if there won’t be a DH. Teams still believe that there will be a DH put in place for next year.
In a perfect world, there would be a DH in the NL next season as a way to keep Daniel Vogelbach in the lineup and keep their pitchers healthy. For the purposes of this article, the DH will be included.
With that, let’s get started.
Batting First: CF Lorenzo Cain
This is going to be the fourth year of the five year contract Lorenzo Cain signed prior to the 2018 season. Cain will turn 35 in April and is coming off essentially a year of rest. After only about a week of the 2020 season, Cain opted out due to Covid concerns.
He had a down year offensively in 2019 and got banged up towards the end of the year, but dropped some weight ahead of the 2020 season and he was looking like his old self in the few games he played in before he opted out.
Even though Cain has gotten a year older, there wasn’t a lot of wear and tear on him in 2020, so this could lead to a very well refreshed Lorenzo Cain in 2021.
A refreshed Cain would certainly be good news for the Brewers. That would bring his typical .350-.390 OBP to the top of the lineup and Cain’s speed can once again make him a menace on the basepaths.
Without Cain in the leadoff spot in 2020, the Brewers offense was lost. There was no consistency at the position and the lack of production set things up to be a disaster offensively. Cain is the perfect table-setter for this offense and getting him back in this spot ahead of Christian Yelich is the dream scenario for the Brewers.