When you start a season the way the Milwaukee Brewers have, you’re bound to pick up some hardware along the way.
With the month of April complete, as well as one game in the month of May, the Crew currently lead the NL Central by two games over the St. Louis Cardinals on the backs of a 15-8 record to start the 2022 season.
In recent days, the Brewers have also seen their offense start to wake up. Though they were shut out in their most recent game, a 2-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Sunday, Milwaukee had won five of six games prior to that, scoring nine or more runs in three of those wins.
On Monday, Brewers fans learned that the result of all of that was a couple awards for some Milwaukee players.
Brewers shortstop Willy Adames won National League player of the week, while reliever Josh Hader won NL reliever of the month for April.
After hitting a towering homer in the team’s first series of the year against the Cubs, Willy Adames, like most of the team, had gone a little cold at the plate. That, of course, was until last week.
The official breakout was on Tuesday, when Adames had a game for the ages. The Brewer infielder finished the game 4-for-5 with a double and two homers while driving in seven, the most RBIs by a member of the Crew since 2019 (Christian Yelich) and the most by a Milwaukee shortstop since 2001 (Jose Hernandez).
Adames would continue his strong hitting later in the week. When all was said and done, he would finish the week 9-for-29 with three doubles, four home runs, 10 runs batted in, and six runs scored.
Meanwhile, on the mound, the Brewers feature a number of pitchers that keep opposing batters up at night. One of those just happens to be three-time, not to mention reigning, NL Reliever of the Year, Josh Hader.
It doesn’t appear as though he has any desire to give that award up any time soon.
Hader, who hit 100 career saves earlier this season, has pitched in 10 games so far for the Brewers in 2022 and has earned a save in every single one of them. His ten saves lead currently lead the National League and are just one behind the American League leader, Jordan Romano.
He also hasn’t given up a run yet this season. In fact, Hader has given up just two hits and four walks in 9.1 innings pitched while striking out 15 batters.
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The Brewers had high expectations coming into 2022 and are, so far, on a good path toward meeting them. If they do, these likely won’t be the last awards earned by Milwaukee players in 2022.