The reigning NL Reliever of the Year doesn’t want much for Christmas this year, but one thing he does want is a RECOUNT FOR THE 2020 ALL- MLB FIRST TEAM VOTES. Everybody that voted to give Williams second team can expect coal in their stockings. Sorry, I don’t make the rules.
To be honest, I just wanted an excuse to reiterate how dominant Williams was in 2020, while spreading some Christmas cheer. Let’s take a look at his magnificent year. First, let’s look at his accolades: NL Rookie of the Year, the team’s third straight NL Reliever of the Year, a vote in the NL MVP race and 7th in NL Cy Young voting as the only reliever on that list of phenomenal pitchers. He was simply on a different level.
Now the stats, where should we start? Maybe at the 0.33 ERA? Williams allowed four runs in 100 plate appearances for opposing hitters. He allowed eight total hits last season and only three extra base hits. Batters had a miniscule batting average of .090 when stepping into the box against the star reliever and a slugging percentage of .157. Professional hitters were struggling to hit the sweet spot when facing him.
And typically left-handed hitters will tend to succeed against right handed pitchers in the MLB, but that was far from the case against Williams. When facing lefties, (which he almost did twice as often) their average was .075. Yeah, you might need a magnifying glass for that number.
All in all, we could rattle off the disgusting numbers that #38 for the Brewers produced last season all day long. He basically outdid the two candidates that were chosen in front him in every major category, but it’s over and done with. Milwaukee fans should be ecstatic to see what Devin Williams can do for years to come and that’s the moral of the story. But media and fans that snubbed him out of first team, you’re still on the naughty list.
Stocking stuffers: Another mph or two on his fastball, leads when he enters in the 8th inning, Peppermint Bark