“If It’s My Last Year… I’ve Had A Great Career”| Lorenzo Cain Is Looking To Retire On His Terms, With One Last World Series Run

“If It’s My Last Year… I’ve Had A Great Career”| Lorenzo Cain Is Looking To Retire On His Terms, With One Last World Series Run

When the Milwaukee Brewers signed outfielder Lorenzo Cain to a five-year $80 million contract back in 2018, the team wanted to capitalize on the production the Kansas City Royals MLBbro was providing over several seasons. The peak of that incredible run was in 2015, when Cain finished third in the MVP race and helped the Royals to a World Series Championship.

 

 

Things were still on a high note for Lorenzo in his first couple of seasons in Milwaukee. In his first season, Cain was an All-Star and followed that up with his first career Gold Glove award in 2019. Then everything changed.

After opting out of the 2020 COVID season, multiple injuries have dogged him as he approaches the final season of his contract. 78 missed games due to a left quad strain and a right hamstring strain brought looming questions of Cain calling it quits when his contract is up.

 

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MLB.com Brewers reporter Adam McCalvy took to social media back in March and said that Lorenzo leaving the game is a possibility. 

 

Cain went on record talking about his future, but not overlooking the day-to-day responsibilities going into this season, via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

“It’s going to be interesting,” he told reporters. “I’m going to go out here and give it my all. My goal is to stay healthy the entire season, and I kind of let everything else take care of itself.

“We’ll go through this year, give it my all and see what happens. And whatever happens next year, we’ll kind of go from there.”

While our MLBbro is approaching his 36th birthday, the center fielder, along with Brewers newcomer Andrew McCutchen, is considered one of the veteran leaders for a team set to make a World Series run. 

 

 

Despite Cain’s slow start at the plate, he is still dominant on defense which shows his Gold Glove winning abilities have not eroded. He is tied for the MLB lead in Defensive Runs Saved among center fielders, with a 92 percentile in Outs Above Average. It shows the level of commitment to the offseason work this MLBbro put in after a season derailed by leg injuries. 

 

“I did a lot of running. I did everything possible to make sure these legs are ready to go,” he said. “A lot of conditioning, a lot of running, a lot of working out. Even went to see the PT on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the morning to make sure my knees and everything else is good.  

“Now it’s about going out here on the field and hopefully all of the work pays off and we go out here and get it done.”

The Milwaukee Brewers are currently in first place in the National League Central Division. This will buy some time for Cain to improve on his uncharacteristic slash of .182/.247/.216 at the plate. If not, he could be stashed on the IL to get him ready for the post season. At this point, Cain is 14 dingers away from 100 for his career and 55 RBI from an even 500, so he has some milestones to look forward to. 

No matter if he leaves the game this year or not, he always has time for the fans. He bought drinks for the fans during the Marlins series a week ago in the “This Ones On Me ” tour.

No matter what happens, our MLBbro, Lorenzo Cain will be leaving on his terms which is a great thing within itself.

“If it’s my last year, it’s my last year. “I’ve had a great career,” Cain reflected. “I’ve done everything possible that I can think of throughout my career and I have accomplished a lot. So, I’m happy if it’s my last year.”

Dynamic Shortstop Royce Lewis Has To Change Positions To Play For Minnesota Twins

Dynamic Shortstop Royce Lewis Has To Change Positions To Play For Minnesota Twins

The number one pick in the 2017 draft finally got his time in the spotlight and he took full advantage of the chance.

Royce Lewis, one of the most celebrated prospects in all of the Majors, got called up to the big leagues and made his Minnesota Twins debut on May 6th against the Athletics recording his first career hit in the team’s 2-1 win.

Just six games later, Lewis knocked his first big league dinger over the left field wall for a grand slam to cap off a nine-run fifth inning that helped the Twins topple the Guardians, 12-8.

Lewis’ journey to the big leagues has been a rollercoaster. After being picked right out of JSerra High School in Southern California where he earned several highly acclaimed awards, he was placed on the Gulf Coast League Twins of the Rookie-level class of the minors. It took him just two months to get promoted to Single-A. 

During his 2018 campaign in the minors, Lewis ended up getting promoted to High-A and was named the 10th best prospect in baseball by MLB.com. In 2019, he was named the fifth-best prospect in baseball by MLB.com, and was invited to 2019 Future’s Game, as well as getting promoted to Double-A ball. 

After his pandemic-erased 2020 season, early 2021 seemed as though everything was getting back to normal and Lewis would make his jump to the bigs, but the talented prospect ended up tearing his ACL, effectively ending his season before it even began. 

By the time Lewis recovered, he hadn’t played baseball for two years, but as soon as he came back, he hit the ground running. Lewis started the season off in Triple-A, and it looked like he didn’t lose a step. In 24 games, he batted .310, with three home runs, and 11 RBI, with an on-base percentage of .430, and a slugging percentage of .563, earning him the call. 

In the 11 games that he suited up for the Twins, he was able to post a .308 batting average, with two home runs, five RBI, a .325 on-base percentage, and a .564 slugging percentage.

Even with the hot start, Lewis was sent back down to Triple-A last Wednesday — a move that has been widely criticized throughout Major LEague Baseball. The reason was due to the return of their star shortstop Carlos Correa from the injured list. The Twins signed Correa to a 3-year contract. The player Lewis said on draft night that he wants to model his shortstop game after is the one who is expected to be the Twins starting shortstop for the foreseeable future. 

Lewis played both shortstop and outfield in high school. But the Twins, who lead the AL Central, classified him as a shortstop. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Lewis hit .377 with four homers and 25 stolen bases for JSerra, establishing himself as a top prospect with excellent speed and a solid bat.

The question now is where does that leave Lewis? Will he be moved to second base or possibly the outfield? Or, could he be used as a trade asset if the Twins try to make a push? Either way, whatever ends up happening to Lewis, he has a bright future ahead of him.

#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 MLBbros (Week 6)

#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 MLBbros (Week 6)

If the season was only seven weeks long, Aaron Judge would be the American League’s Most Valuable Player.  He rolled the dice and if things continue to go his way, he will be baseball’s highest-paid player by season’s end.

  For the second time this season, he takes the top spot on our #HighFive List.

  1. Aaron Judge

Aaron Judge has his Yankees off to their best start since 1998 when they went on to win 114 games and swept the San Diego Padres in the World Series.  

Judge, whose 14 home runs lead the Majors, takes the top spot on our #HighFive list once again and deservedly so.  He is leading baseball’s best team in average, on-base percentage, runs, hits and OPS while only trailing fellow MLBbro and #HighFive member Giancarlo Stanton for the team lead in RBI.

“It’s fun with this team,” Judge told reporters after his 4-for-5 with two home run performance on Tuesday.  “We want to play two games a night if we could.”

That was Judge’s third career four-hit game. He now has his average sitting at .306 with 30 runs batted in and an OPS of 1.049 to go along with those 14 homers.

 

 

His Yankees will welcome Tim Anderson and the White Sox into the Bronx for a three-game series this weekend.

2. Hunter Greene

I have seen plenty of heartbreaking moments in baseball over my twenty plus years on Earth, but there are not many I can think of other than the look on Greene’s face after his team allowed no hits and still found a way to take the loss Sunday against Pittsburgh.

No pitcher in the Majors has thrown more pitches in a game than Greene’s 118 on Sunday. If it had not been for a few untimely walks, he may have had a chance to throw a few more.

He struck out a career-high nine batters in the game, but also gave up a career-high five free passes to Pirate hitters, including two in the 8th that led to him being taken out just five outs away from history.

 

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“It would have been great to have a different result,” said Greene in this postgame interview.  “But it is what it is.  This is my team, ride or die with them.”

The Reds are in rebuild mode this season, but one positive I can take away from Greene’s outing was the fact that manager David Bell actually gave him a chance to build strength and confidence for starts farther down the line in his career. Typically, we see young pitchers held back and catered too when they first enter the league, but Greene was ramping up for the day he officially becomes an ace.

On the season, Greene now has a 1-6 record with 44 strikeouts and a 6.21 ERA. His next start will be Saturday in Toronto where he will take on the Blue Jays.

3. Giancarlo Stanton

No visiting player had hit a home run over the new left-field wall in Baltimore’s Camden Yards. That was until Stanton stepped into the box and launched one in the 4th inning of Thursday’s game.

People have been waiting for Stanton to fall off from his hot streak that began last season and has carried into 2022.

He, along with Judge, are Major League Baseball’s current leaders in average exit velocity and both are in the top 6 when it comes to hard-hit percentage.

 

 

A little over a week ago, Stanton had a stretch where he homered five times in five games.  Through his last seven games, Stanton is 12-for-26 with a .462 (emphasis on the .462!) batting average with 13 RBI, a 1.000 slugging percentage, four home runs, a .548 on base percentage all while drawing five walks in the process.

4. Michael Brantley

Michael Brantley has set the tone for the Astros’ lineup during their current hot streak as he leads the team in batting average and on base percentage this season.

Brantley is batting .321 over his last seven games with five RBI, a .504 on base percentage and one home run, which came during Houston’s Monday night massacre of the Boston Red Sox.

His three-run home run was one of five dingers the Astros hit in an inning, making them just the eighth team in Major League history to accomplish the feat.

 

Michael Brantley “The Professional” Leads Astros Bat Attack Back To Top Of AL West

 

This weekend, Brantley’s Astros return to H-Town for the Silver Boot Series against Marcus Semien and the Texas Rangers.  If all goes according to the plan, the lefty will matchup against Taylor Hearn Sunday afternoon.

5. Jazz Chislohm Jr.

 

Euro-stepper Jazz Chisholm Jr. is doing everything humanly possible to be the face that represents the Marlins franchise.  

Swag, charisma, skill – the “Bahamian Blur” has brought it all to Loan Depot Park, and now he is putting up the numbers at the plate to make his case.

Chisholm currently leads the team in batting average, home runs, RBI, runs scored, hits, triples, stolen bases, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and on base plus slugging percentage.

 

 

Those are “main event” type numbers that we rarely see a player put up for his team, but we have known since last season Chislohm is different. If he stays on this wave, he has a chance at taking the crown for best second baseman in baseball.

Over his last seven games, Chisholm is batting .286 with two home runs and four RBI. This weekend, he’ll have a chance to take on the reigning World Series champion Atlanta Braves.

Aaron Judge Is Having an MVP Season | Brian Cashman Should Have Paid That Man

Aaron Judge Is Having an MVP Season | Brian Cashman Should Have Paid That Man

Brian Cashman should have paid the man. 

Aaron Judge has been on fire all season, but his latest dominant stretch against a bevy of top MLBbros has been another sign that he will easily outplay the seven-year, $230 million contract Brian Cashman and the Yankees offered to begin the season.

 

 

Over the weekend, Aaron put on a show against potential first-round playoff matchup Tim Anderson and the Chicago White Sox. The Yankees took three of four from the Southsiders, scoring a combined 32 runs over the four-game set. Judge collected five hits, two home runs, six runs and five RBI in the series before setting his sights on division rival Baltimore. 

READ: MLBbro Aaron Judge Is Poised To Get Paid In 2022| At $21M Per The Yankees Franchise Superstar Is Giving A Hometown Discount | mlbbro.com

Tuesday, Judge went 4-5 with two homers, three RBI and two runs in a Yankees 5-4 victory over Cedric Mullins and the Orioles in Camden Yards. Judge would have had three home runs, but Baltimore decided to make Camden Yards less hitter friendly by making the left-field wall six feet taller, while also pushing it back 26 1/2 feet during the offseason.

Now the decision to alter the dimensions has confused many ballplayers, and Judge voiced his displeasure after the game. “Its a travesty, man. I’m pretty upset,” said Judge when asked directly about the new wall. “It looks like a create-a-park now.”

Even with its new ridiculous dimensions, Camden Yards couldn’t contain the hottest hitter in baseball. Over his last seven games, Judge is hitting .429 with 12 hits, five home runs, 11 RBI and a MVP-level 1.485 OPS. Aaron’s strikeout percentage is currently at 26.5%, continuing the downward trend we’ve seen every season since his rookie year, while he’s managed to hit an impressive .346 on balls in play.  

Judge being locked in like this is a gift and a curse for the Yankees, especially with his June 22nd arbitration case being the last to be heard. Although by rule nothing that takes place during the 2022 campaign can be used as part of the arbitration hearing, the Yankees $17 million counter offer to Aaron’s $21 million request will still look sillier.

 

There is nothing stopping either side from going back to the table and negotiating before the deadline on a one-year dear or even a multi-year agreement. However, for some strange reason, the Yankees front office has continued to haggle with Judge as opposed to simply locking down one of the best talents in baseball for the remainder of his career.

It’s still early, but Judge leading the Yankees toward the playoffs while also trending toward another top-three finish in MVP voting only strengthens his case for the Yankees to hand over a blank check. 

How A Simple Adjustment In Hitting Mindset Led To MLBbro Josh Bell’s Hot Streak

How A Simple Adjustment In Hitting Mindset Led To MLBbro Josh Bell’s Hot Streak

For the last couple of seasons playing with the Pittsburgh Pirates and now Washington Nationals, questions about our MLBbro, Josh Bell’s future always dogged him. The narratives of what he wanted in his career and the priorities of the team he was with drew headlines just as much as his power at the plate.

 

Bell was the star of a Pirates team that seemingly couldn’t get out of the rebuilding stage which brought questions of Josh’s willingness to be a long-term participant. On the other side of the equation, would the team try to avoid the financial responsibility and make a deal for future prospects which the organization is known for?

When the latter happened and Bell moved on to the Nationals, his first season was decidedly up and down to say the least. A serious bout with COVID-19 and a slump through mid-May frustrated our MLBbro with constant strikeouts and double-play grounders.

But his final numbers of 27 homers, 88 RBI with an .823 on-base-slugging percentage reflected a dominant second half of the season. But despite his strong finish, the same questions of Josh Bell possibly being moved persist. A situation that Josh discussed during spring break via the Washington Post…

“I feel like I’ve been traded, I’ve been quote-unquote the face of the franchise, and there are times I’ve been in the big leagues where I feel I’m not going to be here for long, Bell said toward the end of spring training. “I’ve been on the roller coaster ride for a long time now, so I know the most important thing for me to focus on is whatever I’m doing in the moment, the next at bat.

“I know that sounds cliche. But I can only control not having any regrets about what I do, right? If I put in all the work, I’m going to be in a good place. I love the Nationals and D.C. It’s been a lot of fun and really refreshing, and I’ve always thought I’d like to be here. I just have to do my part, and it will work out.”

This quote is saying our MLBbro made some adjustments with plans to start the season on fire because Josh Bell’s numbers are as astounding as his 261-pound muscular frame.

First off, our MLBbro changed the trajectory of his swing plane and launch angle allowing him to hit ground balls to the opposite field in the right center gap as a right-hand hitter. This small adjustment cut down on not only his strikeouts, which he collected over 100 in his first four seasons, but double play opportunities for the opponent.

His strikeout pace at this point is projected at 71 for the season (He currently stands at 17) with a strikeout rate of 10.9 percent. A massive improvement from last season’s 17.8 percent and a 2020 rate of 26.5 percent.

Nats manager Davey Martinez gave a favorable comparison to his former teammate, the “Big Hurt” Frank Thomas, who was also an imposing figure who understood the science of hitting in the past via MASNsports.com. 

“I played with a guy that it looked like he struck out a lot, but the guy hit .345-.350 every year: Frank Thomas,” Nats manager Davey Martinez said, citing one of the most physically imposing hitters in history. “He put the ball in play.” 

The “Big Hurt” explained in 2014 the mechanics that led him to a hall of fame career, the same mechanics Bell is trying to master. 

 

 

MLB Network’s Mark Derosa breaks down Bell’s early season struggles last year and how his adjustments have allowed Bell to thrive this year. 

 

 

This week marks one year when Josh Bell broke out of his horrible hitting slump. Since May 13, Bell slashed .299/.389/.513 with 28 home runs with 99 RBI that has included his monstrous offensive start this year.    

With a complete turnaround from last year’s start batting .333 with five homers and 21 RBI along with an impressive 23 runs scored, our MLBbro is working hard not to over-analyze things, but trust the work he has put in.

“If I was struggling, I’d probably be looking for answers, Bell said. “And right now, it’s just trusting the mentality. I know if I have a swing that I like, it’s kind of looking at where the pitch was. But for the most part, my swing itself has stayed the same, even on different contact points. That’s where I want to be.”

Travis Demeritte and Michael Harris II Are Home Grown Jewels| Atlanta Braves Are Cultivating A Soul Patrol

Travis Demeritte and Michael Harris II Are Home Grown Jewels| Atlanta Braves Are Cultivating A Soul Patrol

The Atlanta Braves organization boasts one of the best player development staffs in all of baseball, and for decades they have been able to produce some of the best home-grown talent in the game. 

MLBbro Travis Demeritte and future bro Michael Harris II are two prime examples of how developing players in house works in the present while also setting your team up for sustained success.

 

A few weeks ago, I mentioned how Travis Demeritte would be given an opportunity to play every day in the Braves outfield until Eddie Rosario returns. Now when he was first called up, most thought that Travis was simply a placeholder who didn’t have much chance of making an impact. 

After his rough stint in Detroit that saw him demoted and eventually released, how could you blame anyone for this line of thinking? Fortunately for Demeritte, his time in Atlanta has been determined by his play and not any outside perspectives. 

So far, the results have been everything the Braves could want. Although his strikeout rate is currently sitting at 29.9 percent, Demeritte is batting .395 on balls put in play and has been a versatile asset at the plate for the Braves. In his 60 at-bats Travis has collected 18 hits, three homers and five RBI, good for a slash line of .300/.358/.841. 

What’s been even more impressive with Demeritte is what he’s been able to accomplish at home for the Braves. Travis’s slash line jumps even higher at Truist Park, where he is currently posting an impressive .317/.364/.852. Travis has been a welcomed addition to a team that is trying to slowly ease its superstar Ronnie Acuna Jr. back from his torn ACL.

Travis Demeritte Is Back In The Bigs & Granting Wishes To ATL Fans

While Demeritte’s career year has been a welcomed surprise for the Braves, the expectations surrounding their number one prospect are much loftier.

MICHAEL HARRIS II UP NEXT

Harris, the Braves third-round pick out of Stockbridge, Ga, is a five-tool talent who has already started turning heads down in Double-A with an outrageous 30 game on base streak. Through 33 games with the Mississippi Braves, Michael is hitting .289 with four homers, 22 RBI and 10 stolen bases. 

His hot start in Double-A has led to many clamoring for Harris to get the call up, but the Braves front office is being patient with a player they’ve projected to play next to Acuna in the outfield for the next decade. Braves Manager Brian Snitker didn’t mince words when asked about Harris II this spring. 

 

 

“I’m all over Michael Harris,” Snitker said. “I love that kid. It’s hard not to. That’s what they (a star) look like. He just needs more experience.” Mississippi Braves manager Bruce Crabbe took it a step further with the praise.

“He’s such a smooth runner it’s hard to tell how fast he’s really going, but its fast. He hits the ball to all fields with power, and he’s only going to get stronger. He just needs reps. He’s so smart. He just gets it.”

The Braves have a system, and it has been proven effective. Demeritte was acquired from the Rangers and developed as an outfielder and have helped guide him to a career year so far. If all goes to plan, Michael Harris II will be the next great success story.