PITTSBURGH -- Ryan Braun admits he is biased. But he is also legitimately surprised that Brewers teammates Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich are not getting traction in fan balloting for the All-Star Game.Yelich ranked 10th and Cain 13th among National League outfielders in an update released by Major League Baseball
PITTSBURGH -- Ryan Braun admits he is biased. But he is also legitimately surprised that Brewers teammates Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich are not getting traction in fan balloting for the All-Star Game.
Yelich ranked 10th and Cain 13th among National League outfielders in an update released by Major League Baseball on Monday afternoon. The top three vote-getters will form the NL's starting outfield trio.
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"All of us players filled out our All-Star ballots over the weekend, and the consensus in this room is that both Cain and Yelich deserve to be All-Stars," Braun said. "We looked at the other outfielders on that list, and both those guys stack up very favorably to anybody else in the National League.
"So, they're certainly deserving. Our fans have shown over the years that they'll get out there and vote. Maybe they're just waiting to make it a little more dramatic."
Cain, the Brewers' center fielder and on most days their leadoff hitter, leads all NL players in the Baseball-Reference version of wins above replacement and is second in the FanGraphs version of that metric. He is third in defensive runs saved, fourth in stolen bases and fifth in on-base percentage. He's only been an All-Star once in his career, representing the Royals in 2015, the year he finished third in American League Most Valuable Player Award balloting.
"He's done everything. That's the easiest way to put it," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "He's added to all parts of the game, probably in more ways than we thought. Offensively, I think he's probably having one of his better seasons."
Yelich is fifth in the NL in runs scored and fourth among NL outfielders with 129 weighted runs created plus, right behind Cain. He has never been an All-Star.
"However it pans out, I don't know, but they both have played at an All-Star level," Counsell said. "And they have been All-Star-level players before. This isn't new."
Yelich and Cain were the only Brewers players on the balloting leaderboards, which included the top 15 outfielders and the top five at other positions.
Fans may cast votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online using the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot until Thursday, July 5, at 10:59 p.m. CT. On smartphones and tablets, fans can also access the ballot via the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark mobile apps. Each fan can vote up to five times in any 24-hour period, for a maximum of 35 ballots cast.
Following the announcement of this year's All-Star starters, reserves and pitchers, fans should return to MLB.com and cast their 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Final Vote for the final player on each league's roster. Then on Tuesday, July 17, while watching the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard live on FOX, fans may visit MLB.com to submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2018 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.
If they don't make the cut via fan balloting, the player ballot could be an avenue for Yelich, Cain and other Brewers. Then there are the final few spots chosen by the manager (Dave Roberts of the Dodgers in this instance) in conjunction with MLB.
"You never know," said Braun, a six-time All-Star. "I would assume [Josh] Hader is a lock. J.J. [Jeremy Jeffress] has a chance. Third base is a little stacked, but Travis [Shaw] has been really good. You never know, because every team has to have a representative. If you're not voted in by the fans, there's certainly no guarantee that anybody gets in."
• Shaw was held out of Monday's lineup with a sore right wrist, which he irritated in his second at-bat of Sunday's loss to the Phillies.
"It's bugging him enough to not play," Counsell said. "He took some swings today and he just didn't feel right, so we'll give him the day. He's able to swing, it's just bugging him still."
• After testing his right oblique in a simulated game Sunday without any issues, left-hander Wade Miley is set to make his first rehab start Friday with Double-A Biloxi at Chattanooga. Because he isn't eligible to return from the 60-day disabled list until July 9, Miley will make at least four Minor League starts.
• Right-hander Adrian Houser, the Brewers hurler who became ill twice on the mound Sunday, said he was feeling fine on Monday. His cell phone was filled with messages from Minor League teammates, who took glee in giving Houser a hard time once it became clear he was OK.
"It will be a funny story here for a while," Houser said.
Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.