Back in January the Milwaukee Brewers signed Lorenzo Cain to (at the time) the largest free agent contract of the off season and traded prospects for Christian Yelich, totally revamping their outfield and theoretically giving the Crew an over-abundance of outfielders. Was it the right move?
Well, apparently...both of them are All Stars for the Milwaukee Brewers. They were named as reserves for the National League team tonight, and join shoe-in reliever Josh Hader as three Brewer representatives at the July 17 All Star Game in Washington D.C. And they have helped lead the Brewers to the current best record in the NL.
Yelich and Cain have hit well, but also improved the Milwaukee outfield defense significantly. After today’s 10-3 win over the Atlanta Braves, Cain has a slash of .290/.394/.435, OPSing .829. Yelich sits at ..285/.362/.459, OPS of .821.
Hader has been one of the most dominant relievers of all time this year. in 44.2 innings he has allowed just 15 hits. (That’s absurd, by the way.) His ERA is 1.21, and he has struck out a rather impressive 83 batters. The lefty reliever is one of the most feared pitchers by other teams...not because he overpowers them; just because he gets them out.
Another very worthy candidate for the Brewers, Jesus Aguilar, is one of the five on the final player ballot. He has been far and away the best hitter on Milwaukee, batting ..306 with an on base percentage of .362. He leads the NL in slugging at .633 and homeruns with 22, and his OPS is 1.001. At the announcement of the final vote, the ESPN panel unanimously endorsed...LA Dodger Max Muncy.
Keep in mind that there will be players that don’t play due to injury, so it is possible that Zeus could still make the squad even if he isn’t voted in.
Of course, four days off wouldn’t be so bad.