Milwaukee Brewers Will Lean On Lorenzo Cain, Ryan Braun Down The Stretch

Lorenzo Cain and Ryan Braun hope to lead Milwaukee to its first postseason appearance since 2011

After Hours with Amy Lawrence
October 30, 2018 - 9:45 am

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The Milwaukee Brewers got off to a hot start last season but faded down the stretch, ultimately finishing 86-76 and missing the playoffs by one game.

They don’t want that to happen again.

The Brewers (62-47) trail the Cubs by just one game in the NL Central and are atop the Wild Card standings. So, who can lead Milwaukee to its third postseason appearance since 1982 – and its first since 2011?

“I think Lorenzo Cain was a huge addition – not just for what he does on the field, but in terms of being that clubhouse guy, that guy that can speak up and that guy who has been there and done it before having won a World Series and gone to another with the Royals,” Milwaukee’s 105.7 The Fan host Ramie Makhlouf said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “I think that’s definitely a guy who carries a lot of weight. His voice carries a lot of weight in that locker room.”

Cain, 32, signed a five-year $80 million deal with the Brewers in January. He is hitting .294 with eight home runs, 29 RBIs, 19 steals, and a .390 OBP this season.

Ryan Braun, meanwhile, also provides a leadership role despite a subpar season at the plate. The 34-year-old is hitting a career-low .236 with 11 homers, 40 RBIs and a .282 OBP. 

“I think Ryan Braun still carries a lot of weight in that locker room,” Makhlouf said. “I think a lot of young guys look up to him, everything he’s accomplished in his career. Despite the controversy that’s checkered his career, I think a lot of young Brewers players still look up to Ryan Braun.”

The Brewers also traded minor leaguers Brett Phillips and Jorge Lopez for Mike Moustakas on Friday. Moustakas, who spent his first seven-plus seasons in Kansas City, hit .249 with 20 homers and 62 RBIs in 98 games for the Royals this season.

“I think it’s going to be interesting to see what kind of influence Mike Moustakas can have coming into the clubhouse this late in the year,” Makhlouf said. “But he’s a guy who comes from Kansas City, and he’s familiar with a lot of guys in that clubhouse. It’s not like he’s necessarily the new guy there. He knows a lot of guys in this clubhouse, and having won a World Series, I think he could be a guy. He was very vocal. He was one of the more vocal leaders of that Kansas City team that went on to win a World Series. So I think if he can find a comfort zone pretty quick here in Milwaukee, I think his voice could probably carry a lot of weight in that locker room.”