This comes as a legitimate threat seems to exist that the season might be canceled, depending on the containment of recent Covid-19 outbreaks. It also comes as the Brewers are sidelined at the moment due to an outbreak among the St. Louis Cardinals, who they were supposed to be playing this weekend.
Assuming the season does continue, this is a brutal blow to the Brewers. Cain has been a key part of the Brewers making it to the postseason the past two seasons and nearly making it to the World Series two seasons ago.
In his first season after signing a five-year, $80 million contract with the Brewers in 2018, he finished seventh in MVP voting while hitting .308 and stealing 30 bases.
He did see a drop in his batting average in 2019, dipping to .260 and only stealing 18 bases. However, he did win a Gold Glove, so he was still a productive member of a team that lost in the Wild Card Game.
So how will Milwaukee replace the 34-year old?
The answer is likely going to come in the form of Ben Gamel. The great thing for Milwaukee is that Gamel is at least shown to be a capable player at the major league level.
Now he’s certainly now Lorenzo Cain. He’s a very average defender in centerfield, as opposed to Cain being a Gold Glove level defender, and he has had two seasons in which he’s played over 100 games and hit above .270.
It’s likely that Gamel will slide in at the seven or eight spots in the lineup, which is where Cain hit in three of the five games he started. That will mean that Eric Sogard will take over the leadoff spot in the lineup, which is where he’s hit in four of the teams’ six games.
Losing a player the caliber of Cain is less than ideal. He’s an All-Star level player, even if he’s not quite as good as he once was. However, if a team were to lose a very good starting outfielder, Milwaukee can handle it as well as anyone.
They of course still have Christian Yelich, but they also have Avisail Garcia to play in the outfield, and Ben Gamel is a capable player. It’s much more ideal than having to call up someone who hasn’t shown that they can for sure play to some level in the major leagues.
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