It was an abbreviated week, but still a great one nonetheless for Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Willy Adames.
Coming out of the All-Star Break, the Brewers needed a little bit of life. They lost the final three games of their series against the Reds at home heading into the break and allowed Cincinnati to get within four games of the division lead.
Milwaukee needed a spark for their series against the Reds in Cincinnati to get that division lead bigger, and surprise, surprise, Willy Adames provided that spark.
Willy Adames had a great series against the Reds to give the Milwaukee Brewers shortstop his first National League Player of the Week.
Against the Reds, Willy Adames went 8-for-13 with a double, two home runs, seven RBIs, and three walks. His slash line was .615/.688/1.154 over those three games.
Adames had a ridiculous 1.000 batting average on balls in play (BABIP). Every time he made contact with the ball, it went for a hit. His five outs were all strikeouts.
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Since coming over to Milwaukee, Adames has come up big in clutch situations and has been an excellent all around hitter. With Tampa, Adames hit .197/.254/.371 with five home runs. With the Brewers, Adames is hitting .314/.398/.578 with 11 home runs.
He’s raised his season batting average 68 points since the trade. It’s been two months.
Adames has essentially been the Brewers MVP since his arrival back in late May. He has sparked the team with tons of energy and leadership and has provided a powerful bat.
From May 22nd onward, Adames leads the team in all three slash line categories, batting average, on base percentage, and slugging percentage, as well as hits, doubles, and home runs. You can’t ask for much more than that.
What Adames has done for the Brewers cannot be overstated. He’s rejuvenated a squad that looked dead in the water almost for the first few weeks of the season. He brought life and fun to a team that was lifeless and fun-less. He’s brought a consistently productive and clutch bat to a lineup that desperately needed one.
This is the first Brewers NL Player of the Week award since Brandon Woodruff won it on the week of May 30th of this year. Adames is the first Brewers position player to win this award since Keston Hiura won it as a rookie the week of July 21st in 2019.
If he keeps playing like this, there might be more awards in his future.