by Al Melchior | Data Analyst (5/21/2013) Even though he's no longer starting regularly in center field for the Royals, Lorenzo Cain's ownership and activation rates have remained steady. He's maintaining a .299 batting average and has produced six steals, so at least Rotisserie owners ostensibly have a reason to keep Cain in the lineup.
That could change, though. Cain has become prone to hitting grounders, turning 57 percent of his hit balls into worm-burners. With the relatively few flies he is hitting, Cain is batting .261, but unless he starts hitting with more home run power, that mark is likely to plummet.
Cain's appeal on Draft Day was the promise of speed and power, but he's looking like a poor bet to deliver on the latter, and he may also see his batting average dip. Even in Rotisserie leagues, at the very least, it's time to start hunting around for a replacement.
Lorenzo Cain gets season-high three RBI
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/16/2013) Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain had a season-high three RBI Wednesday against the Angels and has six in his last four games.
Cain also doubled twice Wednesday, which ended a streak of 15 games without one. Cain is batting .319 (15 for 47) with two doubles, two triples, 10 runs and 10 RBI in 12 May games.
Lorenzo Cain to split time at leadoff spot
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/14/2013) Royals manager Ned Yost told the Kansas City Star that outfielder Lorenzo Cainwill take over the leadoff spot in the lineup on days when Jarrod Dyson does not play. Cain will also see a solid share of playing time in left field, while Jeff Francoeur continues to struggle at the plate.
"It’s definitely not new to me," Cain said. "I'll just go up there and try to get on base as much as possible."
Cain, who was the No. 1 hitter just 14 times last season, leads the team with a .328 average and a .386 on-base percentage. He is hitting .333 (13 for 39) in 10 May games.
Lorenzo Cain to see more playing time
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (5/14/2013) With Jeff Francoeur struggling, Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain will see the bulk of the playing time in left field.
Jarrod Dyson will continue starting in center. Cain has delivered this season, hitting .328/.386/.440 in 116 at-bats. Even with the strong play of Dyson, Cain has found a way to stay in the lineup. He'll face Angels starter Jason Vargas Tuesday.
Lorenzo Cain collects three hits
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (5/14/2013) Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain had three hits Monday against the Angels.
Cain hit three singles and drove in two. He also scored two runs during the game. Cain has gotten off to a great start this year, hitting .328/.386/.440 in 116 at-bats. He'll take on Angels starter Jason Vargas Tuesday.
Lorenzo Cain triples home two
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (5/4/2013) Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain supplied all of the offense for his team on Saturday night against the White Sox. He went 1 for 4 with two RBI in a 2-0 win.
The 27-year-old tripled home two in his first at-bat.
Cain is batting .326 with one homer, 16 RBI and three stolen bases through 24 games.
Royals manager being cautious with Lorenzo Cain
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/2/2013) Royals manager Ned Yost chose to be careful with outfielder Lorenzo Cain Thursday by sitting his starting center fielder because of inclement weather. Cain was limited to 61 games last season because of leg and hip injuries.
"With the cold weather, the stop-and-go that I’m anticipating, I didn’t want to put Cain through that," Yost said, per The Kansas City Star. "I’m going to have to spot him. I want to give Cain a break once a week when he needs."
Lorenzo Cain's legs holding up
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/28/2013) Royals manager Ned Yost chose to give outfielder Lorenzo Cain a breather in the opener of Sunday's doubleheader against the Indians before returning him to the starting lineup for the nightcap. It was just the fourth time Cain wasn't in the starting lineup this season.
Yost said, however, he's been pleased with Cain's durability, especially since he was able to play all 18 innings during a doubleheader April 21 at Boston.
"Even though we've had so many off-days, [Cain's] doing great with his legs," Yost said, per MLB.com. "Last year, he had so many problems with his legs and this year he's in such a good spot. He worked real hard on conditioning his legs and his stretching all winter long."
Lorenzo Cain staying strong offensively
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/25/2013) Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain was 2 for 4 with one RBI, one double and two runs Thursday against the Tigers. Cain has produced five multi-hit games in his last eight appearances.
Cain is batting .483 (12 for 39) with one home run, four doubles, four RBI and six runs in his last eight games.
Lorenzo Cain has four-hit game
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/20/2013) Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain had a big outing in a losing effort on Saturday afternoon in Boston against the Red Sox.
Cain hit his first home run of the season in the ninth inning to bring the Royals to within a run of the lead. He added two doubles and a single and went 4 for 4 with three runs scored. In fact, Cain scored all three runs in the 4-3 loss.
The four-hit game was the third of Cain's career and the first since Oct. 2, 2010 with the Brewers. The 27-year-old has been on a tear of late. He's had four straight multi-hit games and is 11 for 16 over that stretch with two stolen bases. He's batting .392 for the Royals.
Don't wait too long to claim Lorenzo Cain
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst (4/17/2013) After a slow start, Lorenzo Cain has started to pick up his pace, going 13 for 30 (.433) in his last eight games. Despite the hot streak, the Royals' center fielder's Fantasy ownership rate remains stagnant at 65 percent.
That's probably because, entering Wednesday's game at Atlanta, Cain had yet to deliver a home run or stolen base. He made two attempts on Wednesday, getting one steal, and the power is likely to come. If he can cut back on strikeouts, Cain can keep his batting average near .300 while notching 15 home runs and 15 stolen bases, making him a worthwhile standard mixed league pickup.
Lorenzo Cain heating up
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/11/2013) After a slow start, Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain has six hits over the past four games.
Cain has been one of the most dropped players in CBSSports.com leagues due to his sluggish start. The 27-year-old has been batting lower in the batting order, so he may not score as many runs as initially expected.
Lorenzo Cain back in the lineup
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/5/2013) Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain, who took a day off Thursday, returned to the starting lineup Friday against the Phillies.
Cain came up big for the Royals as he drove in a run on a sacrifice fly in the seventh and singled in another run in the eight. He finished 1 for 4 with a run scored and two RBI in a 13-4 victory. He upped his batting average to .167 through his first three games.
Lorenzo Cain not in Royals' lineup Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/4/2013) Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain is not in the team's starting lineup Thursday.
It's just an off day for Cain. Manager Ned Yost said there was nothing wrong with Cain. He just wants to give him regular rest to "keep his legs under him."
Jarrod Dyson will get the start in center with Cain out.
Lorenzo Cain starts year off slowly
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/3/2013) Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain singled for his first base hit of the season after two games Wednesday against Chicago.
Cain hit seventh for the Royals as he went 1 for 4 with a strikeout in the game. He's gone 1 for 8 on the season to this point and is batting .125 with three Ks.
Cain, turning 27 on April 13, hit .450 this spring with two homers, seven RBI and four steals over 60 at-bats.
Lorenzo Cain fills up stat sheet
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (3/28/2013) Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain filled up the stat sheet in Wednesday's 9-9 tie with the Cubs, hitting a single and his second home run of the spring while adding a walk and stealing two bases -- his third and fourth steals of the spring. That excellent performance pushes his spring line to .446/.530/.661 in 56 at-bats and does nothing but fan the flames of a potential breakout season.
Cain steals base in return
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (2/27/2013) Kansas City outfielder Lorenzo Cain got back in Cactus League action Wednesday against the Brewers. Cain replaced Jarrod Dyson in center field and ended up walking in his only plate appearance. Cain stole a base and scored a run for the Royals as he's over his strained right hand injury.
Cain hopes to play by Monday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/21/2013)The Kansas City Star reports Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain said his strained right hand is feeling better. He hopes to start hitting again Saturday and get into a spring game by Monday.
Cain aiming to stay healthy
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (2/19/2013) The stigma has followed Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain since he broke into the majors with Milwaukee during the 2009 season: he's injury-prone. Cain, who was limited to just 61 games last season because of an assortment of issues, didn't help his cause when he suffered a muscle strain on his right hand last week. The issue is considered minor and he is expected to return to batting practice by the end of the week. "Dont worry, Ill be ready," Cain told the Kansas City Star. "I know what people are thinking, but I just need to take a few days off from swinging just to get the soreness out of there. ... I feel if Im healthy and stay on the field, and if I can just get my at-bats in, I can be consistent throughout the year and put up good numbers."
Cain suffers minor injury
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (2/17/2013) Kansas City outfielder Lorenzo Cain could not take regular batting practice on Sunday, reports the Kansas City Star. Cain injured the back of his right hand during drills in the batting cage. The injury is not believed to be serious and he is considered day to day at this time.