Cain is in his 12th overall season and his fourth season with the Brewers. During his time in Milwaukee he has become a fan favorite and a respectable veteran on the team.
This season he battled multiple injuries and missed time. But he’s back healthy and ready to make an impact during the postseason.
Cain appeared in the playoffs twice with the Brewers in 2018 and 2019. During the 2018 playoffs he hit .244 in 10 games with four doubles and the next year he hit .250 only appearing in one game.
The Brewers will look to Cain this postseason, whether he’s in the starting lineup or coming off the bench. At the plate Cain can provide power and speed, and in the field he can track down balls with the best of him.
Is World Series In The Cards?
We know that he’s going to come ready to play each and every game during the postseason.
Jackie Bradley Jr. could very well turn things around in the postseason. He’s transformed into a clutch hitter before in the playoffs.
The regular season has been a struggle for Bradley, but the Brewers still believe in the one-time Gold Glove winner.
He’ll have a chance to prove himself in his first postseason in Milwaukee. Don’t focus too much on his numbers in the regular season, Bradley can play and he has had legendary playoff success.
Even though he’s been struggling throughout the season, manager Craig Counsell still believes in the one-time Gold Glove winner.
“He’s in a tough stretch right now, for sure,” Counsell told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “His at-bats have decreased over the last month. He’s struggling right now, but I still think he’s a player that’s going to impact us at some point and impact us in a big game.”
“And we’re going to keep counting on him.”
Now don’t get it twisted, our MLBbro can ball and he’s shown that in prior seasons.
This just happens to be one of those seasons where nothing seems to be going right for him offensively. During the month of September, he has registered only one hit in 13 games.
Throughout the season, Bradley has seen his playing time diminish and a big reason for that is his offensive struggles.
Bradley has yet to find a solution to his problem at the plate and that’s something the Brewers are really focusing on.
“I think what makes it more puzzling is he’s had so much more success,” Counsell said. “When players are in slumps, we’re always looking for answers and it always feels like we can’t find the answers. We haven’t been able to solve it yet.”
And Counsell is right, Bradley has had more success in previous seasons.
Last season with the Boston Red Sox, he finished with a .283 batting average with seven home runs and 22 RBI through 55 games.
Going back to 2016 when he was named an All-Star, he finished that season with a .267 batting average with 26 home runs and 87 RBI.
Since that 2016 season, Bradley’s numbers have dropped but he’s still been a dependable player.
His glove has been a big reason why he’s still seen some action in games, despite his struggles at the plate.
There’s a reason why he has a Gold Glove award under his belt. This brother can flat out go get it in the outfield.
At 31, Bradley can still put those legs to good use, even if he’s struggling at the plate.
Having Bradley in the outfield is very beneficial and he will most likely be a key defensive player for the Brewers going into the playoffs.
But the question is, will he be able to have an offensive turnaround at the plate come postseason?
His last postseason appearance came in 2018 with the Boston Red Sox and that was the year he was a part of the World Series-winning team.
He batted .200 during that postseason and was named American League Championship Series MVP.
The Brewers will find a way to use Bradley come playoff time and he’ll have a chance to show the world that he can still swing it, especially in the clutch.
With the All-Star break here, we have officially hit the halfway point of the season; meaning that the playoff race is getting ready to commence.
Here are four MLBbros who need to step up and improve their play in the second half of the season (post-All-Star Game), in order to help their respective teams reach the promised land.
1. Mookie Betts
Mookie Betts and his Los Angeles Dodgers are in the midst of one of the toughest division races in the history of baseball. The National League West is home to the three best records in the National League and whichever two teams do not win the pennant will have to face off in a one-game playoff ( where anything can happen).
Friendly reminder that even in his “down year” Mookie Betts is still having a career-year for most players pic.twitter.com/5EydO4i8Hn
Betts played well enough to be voted on as an All-Star this season, but we have not seen the usual MVP-type numbers for him. His average sits at .249 with 37 RBI and 12 home runs. Despite that, he is still doing a good job with getting on base as he is fourth for all Right Fielders in walks and has a .819 OPS.
After hitting a grand slam in the Dodgers 22-run performance Saturday night and then following that with a home run Sunday, Betts may be a step ahead of us as he is already heating up right before our eyes.
Betts was slated to be the only MLBbro on the National League All-Star team, but he will be skipping out on the game in order to have his body ready for the stretch run.
"I think we all know the goal is to win a World Series, and I think this break will definitely help me to help us get to that point.” @mookiebetts on skipping out on the ASG. pic.twitter.com/LMJdK2Je0u
Whenever we get back to playing baseball next weekend, Josh Bell and the Washington Nationals are going to immediately be in must-win mode in order to determine whether they will be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline.
Bell has been better during the month of July. He is hitting .314 with three doubles and five RBI, which have all come within his last seven games. Since May 13, he has hit nine home runs and driven in 32 runs.
The Nationals have been dealing with injuries throughout this entire season, mostly coming in their pitching staff but recently those problems have spread to the lineup so Bell will need to be a constant force as they trail the Mets in the standings by five and a half games.
Jackie Bradley Jr. has always been without question one of the best defensive outfielders in the game but his hitting has been lacking this season, and he will need to turn it around quickly to secure a spot in the Brewers’ lineup.
Bradley only has two hits in his last 25 at-bats and is only batting .167 for the season with a .252 on base percentage. That will not get it done in the playoffs! Especially for a Brewers team that has one of the best starting rotations in baseball yet sits 29th in total batting average as a team.
The Brewers have a trio of MLBbro outfielders including Lorenzo Cain who recently began a rehab assignment and Tyrone Taylor who recently snapped his streak of 20 games without a home run. One of those three is likely to be the odd man out whenever Cain returns to their squad.
Garrett blew a few saves and even blew a gasket in a game against the Cubs that led him to be suspended, but over the last three weeks, he has righted the ship and been one of the better relievers in the Majors.
He has not given up a run since June 17, and has struck out 12 batters and walked only four during that span.
The Reds have the best chance to catch the Brewers for the National League Central crown, but if they cannot close out games and hold leads there is no way they will hoist the World Series trophy this Fall.
Going into June, Bradley Jr. had a .160 batting average. He was able to raise that to .165 at the end of the month.
That’s progress right there and that’s something you want to see if you’re Bradley Jr. Our MLBbro has struggled since the start of the season offensively and that’s something he’s not used to.
It’s frustrating when you can’t find your rhythm at the plate and it could feel like you can’t do anything right at the plate.
The Brewers have had a first-hand look at Bradley’s struggles throughout the season, but the team knows that he has the ability to make those necessary changes as the season progresses.
“I thought he had some good ABs and hit some balls hard on the (last) road trip (to Colorado and Arizona),” president of baseball operations David Stearns told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “But this is well below his career level of production. He’s certainly aware of that; he’s frustrated by it.”
“I don’t have a great answer for it. He’s working hard to get through it. There are years where it seems like every at-bat, a hitter is in a pitcher-advantage count. It feels like that with Jackie right now, like he’s walking into the batter’s box with two strikes. That’s a tough way to hit.
“There have been a lot of loud outs. He’s hitting it at a lot of defenders. That adds to the frustration.”
This has certainly been his worst season statistically at the plate. Through 78 games he’s batting .170 with a .289 slugging percentage.
At the start of the season, Bradley Jr. was hitting .150 at the end of May. You could only imagine what was going through his mind at that time. But the good thing is that he’s making progress. Bradley Jr. has hit in some timely clutch at-bats recently and that is a confidence booster for sure.
He had a two-hit performance on June 28 against the Chicago Cubs, that was a game he needed.
“With anybody, it’s always good to see balls fall,” Bradley said. “You don’t want to continuously hit balls hard but right at somebody. That’s just the way the game is. I’ll take the soft hits, too. I don’t have to always hit it hard. I was glad to see that fall, not only for myself but also, obviously, for the team and to contribute in a big moment like that.”
Despite his struggles, Bradley Jr. knows this is a mental game and he understands he can’t get so far in his head when he’s struggling at the plate.
“This is a game that requires a lot of physical performance but a lot of mental focus as well,” he said. “So, I’m trying to stay focused and stay in the present. You can’t change the past. Obviously, I’ve been horrible to this point and I have to get better.”
Our MLBbro will continue to work hard. It’s all he knows.
When Shawn Carter said, “They pray and pray on my downfall, but every time I hit the ground, I bounce up like round ball,” he was referencing Tyrone Taylor’s baseball career as it ricochets continuously from the show to the minors and vice versa.
Brewers placed Tyrone Taylor (right shoulder strain) on 10-day injured list. It's retroactive to yesterday.
Utility player Tim Lopes is up from Triple-A Nashville.
During his rehab assignment for the Nashville Sound, the Triple-A affiliate for the Milwaukee Brewers, Taylor received Triple-A East Player of the Week, making him the first Sounds player to don the award.
BIG FLY! Hello, Tyrone Taylor. An oppo shot to right-center for a homer in his first game down from The Crew. We're up 3-0 in the 6th in Columbus.
Homering in three out of his first four games, Taylor averaged .533 with eight RBI, seven runs, four bases on balls, and two doubles, while assisting the Sounds to the best record in the minors at 18-5 as they rode a 12-game hitting streak.
Congratulations to Sounds outfielder @tyrone_taylor15 who has been named Triple-A East Player of the Week! Taylor hit .533 (8-for-15) with 7 runs, 5 XBH and 8 RBI, and has helped Nashville to a Minor League-best 12-game winning streak.
The 27-year-old outfielder recently made his return from the Injury List after he suffered some right shoulder complications. Before the diagnosis, in 88 plate appearances, Taylor impressed the Brewers while displaying some pop in his bat as he launched six home runs in limited game action.
Taylor made himself indispensable to the Brew Crew as he replaced fellow outfielders and MLBbros, Jackie Bradley Jr. and the often-injured Lorenzo Cain, during stints of the 2021 season as he showed range and versatility by playing all three outfield positions.
When asked about his development in the field of play and at the plate, Brewers’ manager Craig Counsell told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “Tyrone has played well this year. He’s played in a way that he is kind of past some of these guys, and he deserves to be here. He has made an impact on this team, and he will continue to make an impact going forward.”
Counsell added, “Tyrone is a good player, and his development this year is clear. He has taken a big step forward, and he is ready for the big leagues. He is ready to be a significant contributor as we’ve seen it, and he has been consistent with it.”
Over the holiday weekend, Taylor came up clutch with a two-RBI triple in the fourth inning to help the Brewers take a 5-1 lead vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates.
He later made an extra-base saving web gem to end the eighth, drew a walk in the top of the ninth, stole third, and later scored a much-needed insurance run for a 7-2 victory. It was the Brewers’ 10th win in a row.
Although injuries are a part of the game, Taylor said, “I’m thankful for all the opportunities I’ve had this season.” He added, “It’s been a fun ride with these guys and this coaching staff, and hopefully, we keep it going here.”
Tyrone Taylor appears to have cemented a spot on the #Brewers roster with his recent play. He talked before today’s game about his approach and his production of late. pic.twitter.com/malDvv7ySL
Since his return from Triple-A Nashville, Taylor is batting .236 with 21 RBI and six home runs as the Brewers are winners of 11 out of their last 12.
With Cain on the shelf until after the Midsummer Classic, Taylor, thanks to his uncanny abilities at the plate as he bats with power and exert speed, and plays all three outfield positions, he and the Brewers should have a long-lasting relationship moving forward.