We are a little over a month into this 2018 MLB season, let’s take a more in-depth look at this Brewers team and how Cain and Yelich have done since coming to Milwaukee this offseason. The Brewers offense in 2017 was a high home run and high strikeout team, they were able to score a lot of runs but they also had a record-setting year in strikeouts. The offense struggled mightily with hitting with runners in scoring position and hitting for average. So, David Stearns made some big changes this offseason with the hopes of adding some hitters who will hit for average at the top of the order and be able to get one base for the three, four, and five hitters in the lineup. Both Cain and Yelich hover around .290 for their career with on-base percentages at .344 for Cain and .368 for Yelich, just what this lineup needed.
For the most part, Cain and Yelich have batted first and second in the lineup, setting the table for the power part of the lineup. Neither guy has disappointed this season. While Lorenzo Cain’s batting average is at .266 currently 30 points lower than his career average, his on-base percentage is almost 40 points higher than his career average. He has contributed four HRs with ten RBIs so far. Cain has also shown some speed in his age 32 season, he has stolen eight bases in nine chances.
Christian Yelich has been as good as advertised so far this season, after missing around ten games with a DL stint. He has come back healthy and productive at the plate. Yelich is hitting .280 this season, right around his .290 career average. His on-base percentage is .362, four points lower than his career average. Yelich is producing some power and speed from the two spot in the order blasting three home runs so far with 10 RBIs, three stolen bases, and 16 runs scored.