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Cain making strong case for All-Star Game

Brewers center fielder enters June leading NL outfielders in WAR
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MILWAUKEE -- The numbers say Lorenzo Cain is the National League's most valuable outfielder. Will All-Star Game voters agree?

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MILWAUKEE -- The numbers say Lorenzo Cain is the National League's most valuable outfielder. Will All-Star Game voters agree?

VOTE: 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot

View Full Game Coverage

Cain was among the eight Brewers on the ballot at the launch of online voting Friday, as fans once again will select the starting position players for the 89th Midsummer Classic.

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.

Cain, the former Royal who made the American League All-Star team in 2015, moved back to the National League in January when he signed a five-year free agent deal with the Brewers. He began June atop NL outfielders in both the Fangraphs and Baseball-Reference version of WAR -- leading all NL position players in the Baseball-Reference version.

"I say it all the time: If I'm rolling, I feel like everybody else is rolling," said Cain, who ended May with a .282/.390/.431 slash line. "That's why I'm trying to get on base as much as possible. I know if I get on base for these guys, it gets them going. I'm trying to be that spark."

Video: ARI@MIL: Cain nabs Marte trying to extend a single

Cain said that at Coors Field on May 10, after he started what would become a Brewers hot streak by homering on the very first pitch of a 10-game road trip. It was the first of seven victories in 10 games on the trip, which was followed by an 8-2 homestand to close the month of May.

Other Brewers players likely to garner significant All-Star consideration include Travis Shaw, who ranks first among NL third basemen in bWAR, third in fWAR, and tops the NL-leading Brewers with 13 home runs and 36 RBIs. Also deserving is Cain's fellow outfield newcomer, Christian Yelich, who began June ranked sixth in the NL with a .307 batting average and a .372 on-base percentage.

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.

The 89th All-Star Game, at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish-language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit AllStarGame.com and follow @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.

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