Scarcely an hour after acquiring Christian Yelich in a trade with the Marlins, the Brewers have gotten themselves another outfielder: Lorenzo Cain, signed to a five-year, $80 million deal as reported by ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick and first broken by The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.
One thing Lorenzo Cain understands that big mashing goons like Aaron Judge and Bryce Harper still haven’t mastered with all their grotesque and gratuitous moonshots is the precision and understated majesty of the, umm, short ball:
Lorenzo Cain came up in the top of the third last night with a man on second base. He singled to center, and Alcides Escobar scored. But thanks to his speed and a misplay by Kevin Kiermaier, he ended up circling the bases on his single up the middle.
Not all dinger thefts are created equal. There are those in which the robber tracks a high fly ball, and is afforded time to plant his feet in front of the wall and measure his leap. These catches often make for the best photo opportunities, as the outfielder gets to use the wall to boost his jump and is able to…
The Washington Nationals were up 6-4 in Kansas City headed into the ninth. Tanner Roark gave them 7 1/3 solid innings, and everyone but Bryce Harper got a hit. They had a great chance to beat NBA center-sized pitcher Chris Young, but then Jonathan Papelbon, the maddest Jonathan in baseball, gave up five hits and three…
If the Royals had lost last night, Lorenzo Cain’s disastrous attempt at bunting with a man on second and nobody out in the eighth inning of a 4-3 game would be under a hell of a lot more scrutiny today. It was a classic, self-defeating Ned Yost moment, except for the fact that it wasn’t Ned Yost’s idea.
The competition for song of the summer was over last winter: it’s Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen,” and I will brook no dissent on this. It’s also Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain’s walk-up music, and a refrain from it has infiltrated the Kansas City clubhouse, to the consternation of reporters:
Royals catcher Salvador Perez loves fucking with teammate Lorenzo Cain, and now his routine has graduated from Instagram to World Series media huddles.
We love us some Lorenzo Cain. The Royals' speedy outfielder made his presence felt yet again yesterday, robbing J.J. Hardy of certain extra bases in yesterday's 6-4 win. And thanks to some fancy technology from MLBAM, we can quantify just how good he is at what he does.
If the Kansas City Royals' sweep of the Anaheim Angels left us with one lasting image, it will probably be that of Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain just about losing his damn mind after making his second straight spectacular catch in the top of the fifth inning of last night's series-clinching win.
The Royals continue to play to type. A team that's never going to slug, Kansas City has to win with speed, defense, and timely hitting, or it's not going to win at all. There was no repeat base-stealing extravaganza in last night's 3-2 Game 1 win over the Angels, but the timely hitting showed up with Mike…