MLBbro Lorenzo Cain made his first playoff appearance since 2019 as the Milwaukee Brewers took on the Atlanta Braves in Game 1 of the National League Division Series.
Cain is looking to win his second World Series title and help the Milwaukee Brewers win their first. The Milwaukee Braves last won the World Series in 1957.
The Brewers were able to come away with a 2-1 victory, but it wasn’t easy.
Cain got the start in center field for Milwaukee and delivered the team’s first hit which came in the bottom of the third inning off of Charlie Morton.
His single to right field ignited the Brewers’ offense which came alive during the seventh inning.
Milwaukee scored two runs in the seventh and were able to hold on to the lead throughout the game.
Cain finished the game going 1-for-3 and played a solid center field.
In his last playoff appearance back in 2019, he only appeared in one game and went 1-for-4 against the Washington Nationals.
This postseason, Cain will most likely appear in more games and it’s a plus that he’s back to full health after battling with multiple injuries during the regular season.
There was a point during the season where Cain’s availability was up in the air. But this brother is a competitor and is going to do whatever it takes to get on that field and put his team in the best position to win games.
Milwaukee is two wins away from advancing to the National League Championship Series and Game 2 will be Saturday with a 5:07 p.m. ET start.
Look for Cain to continue to have success at the plate this series and provide a spark for the Brewers.
Happy Birthday to #MLBbro Markus Lynn “Mookie” Betts who turned 29 years young today. The Dodgers superstar is also the most popular player in MLB, leading in jersey sales for 2021.
The Yankees supreme slugging duo of Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge have done something that only Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig have accomplished in the history of baseball. This is what Yankees fans hoped for when these #MLBbros combined forces.
Aaron Judge put the ball in the New York Yankees’ court this season, and with his contract set to expire soon, it’s time for them to cash him out with a major deal. Judge has had a special 2021 season and in doing so has put the Yankees’ front office on notice: It’s time for them to pay up.
You saw Judge’s worth Tuesday night when he hit a game-tying home run against the Toronto Blue Jays to start a big three-game series. He’s had a ton of big hits this season.
And best of all, for the most part, Judge finally avoided the injury bug after being hampered by it over the last few years. He matched his career-high for batting average and doubles while also having the second-highest total of home runs, total bases, RBI, and runs scored in his career.
It’s not hard to tell Judge’s impact on the Yankee roster when you look at their stat sheet, because he leads in nearly every category. No player has played in more games, recorded more hits, hit more doubles or home runs has a higher on-base percentage, slugging percentage or OPS, and higher WAR than him. The only player that comes close in a few categories is Giancarlo Stanton, and he himself has been one of the best hitters in baseball during the second half of the season.
Judge started the third All-Star Game of his career this season, yet has never made much over $10,000,000 in any season. This summer, he is scheduled to go through arbitration and in 2023, he’ll officially be a free agent.
“The ball is kind of in their court,” said Judge to reporters. “I am just a player. I just do my job every day. I am not going to go running to anybody to say “Let’s talk about this.” That’s their job to do, that’s what they get paid for. I’m getting paid to be out there on the field.”
Well, Yankees’ general manager Brian Cashman, it’s time to do your job and pay Judge what he is owed.
With multiple big-money shortstops on the market this off-season, I have no doubts that the Yankees will open their checkbook to acquire one of them, but why not do the same for the guy that has been holding your lineup down since the retirement of Derek Jeter?
Judge will be 30 by the time he hits free agency, so a deal similar to that of Fernando Tatis’ (14-year $330M) may not be best for New York’s sake, but something along the lines of $150-$200 million for at least a three or four-year span may be what it takes to make him a Yankee for life.
Before this season, Judge was ranked as the 21st best player in the Majors according to MLB Network. Fast forward to September 2021 and I guarantee you cannot show me even 10 players that you would rather have on your roster over him. He’s going to finish in the Top 5 in the American League in MVP voting and might have been able to make his case for winning the award if not for the seasons of Shohei Ohtani and Vlad Guerrero Jr.
Judge has the opportunity to show Yankees Nation he is with all the smoke that comes with October baseball. If he is able to carry the Yankees into the postseason and on a run for the World Series title, their front office is going to have to hand him a pen and a blank check.
Ke’Bryan Hayes and Anthony Alford have both earned the opportunity to be major parts in the Pittsburgh Pirates rebuild.
Coming into the season expectations were not exactly high in the Steel City for the Pirates to be anything close to contenders, but they do have one of the top minor league systems in baseball and fans wanted to see some of them make a positive impact in the Bigs and Ke’Bryan Hayes and Anthony Alford have done just that.
Ke’Bryan Hayes Will Amaze
Baseball was robbed of a full season from Ke’Bryan Hayes after a wrist injury two games into his season landed him on the 60-Day Injured List.
He returned to the Pirate lineup on June 3 and has been the best defensive third baseman in the league since — the numbers do not lie.
Hayes leads all Major League third basemen with a 1.9 Defensive WAR rating and has only committed three errors in 89 games.
Even though some of those numbers may be skewed because he has played in fewer games than most full-time National League third baseman, his resume and highlight reel speak for itself, and he deserves major consideration for a Gold Glove.
On the offensive side of the ball Hayes is ending the season strong. Entering Tuesday Hayes was batting .298 for the month of September with 20 hits including his first career walk-off, three doubles, four RBI and 10 runs scored.
Hayes has five home runs on the season, even though he’s hit six out of the park.
On one occasion earlier this year after hitting one out against the Dodgers he failed to step on first while rounding the bases and was called out.
Anthony Alford’s Time Is Now
This is the first time in Anthony Alford’s career that he is getting a chance at extended playing time, and he’s making the most of it.
During his first two seasons with the Blue Jays he was ranked as a Top 20 prospect in the organization, but Alford played in a total of 33 games and only had one home run.
Fast forward to this season, and there have been many instances where he’s been the best player in their lineup, especially this month.
Alford has five home runs this season and four have come this month including two in one game against the Chicago Cubs.
He adds a .298 batting average, seven RBI and seven runs to his September statline.
It will be interesting to see what are the plans for the Pirates this off-season, but I’m certain they have two future stars to hold it down on the left side of the diamond.