2). Lorenzo Cain Is All The Way Back
Lorenzo Cain started off the first month of the season with an ice cold .220/.297/.293 (with 2 home runs) in April.
I showed in an article about Lorenzo Cain’s early-season struggles that pitchers were peppering him with low and away fastballs just outside the strike zone. Cain has responded by going with the pitch to take balls to the opposite field rather than try to drive the ball by pulling.
Cain started off this month with a plethora of singles, but last night in the Bronx he slammed three home runs.
Cain’s first home run was an opposite field shot, which shows that Cain can still hit the ball iwth authority to right. Cain’s second home run was a three-run blast that turned a 5-3 Kansas City Royals deficit into a 6-5 lead over the New York Yankees. His third dinger came against Yankees uber-relieverAndrew Miller
and tied the game up 7-7 in eighth.
In a fortnight with little but bad news for the KC Royals, Lorenzo Cain’s turnaround is the silver lining. Cain’s showing that his MVP quality season in 2015 isn’t a fluke. While he’s unlikely to enjoy a 7.2 WAR season in 2016, Cain is still a star.
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