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Milwaukee Brewers May Pitcher of the Month: Michael Blazek

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Before the season began, Michael Blazek was an after thought, but he has proven to be much better for the Brewers this season. While others have faltered in the late innings, Blazek has been one of the team’s in any bullpen role.

Starters like Mike Fiers and Jimmy Nelson pitched well for much of the month, but Blazek has remained nearly unhittable in the bullpen. I was estastic when they were able to land Blazek in the Jon Axford trade in August of 2013 and here is a look at why the Brewers’ “long reliever” he has earned our May pitcher of the month.

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After an awesome April, Blazek was just as good in May. Not only did he go 3-1 with a 1.56 ERA, but he allowed opposing batters to hit just .159 against him. He also was able to pound the strike-zone and keep his opponents off the base-paths as shown in his 0.92 WHIP and his nearly three to one strikeout to walk rate. Pitching 17 innings in the month, he was the most dependable arm on the roster.

With a roster shakeup looking to be on the way, there is no telling what Blazek’s future will bring, but he looks to be ready to attack any role. He started the month of June with a seemingly easy inning, striking out one and throwing just 12 pitches to retire the Cardinals in order in the eighth inning of a one run game. While questions surround as to what his future role will be, each time out Blazek is staking his claim to be piece in the Brewers’ future plans.

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