Brewers closer Josh Hader named NL Reliever of the Month, Willy Adames wins Player of the Week

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Jeffrey Phelps

MILWAUKEE, Wis. — The Milwaukee Brewers turned in one of the best Aprils in team history, leading to one of their biggest contributors getting leaguewide recognition, as Josh Hader was named the National League’s Reliever of the Month.

Hader recorded a league-leading 10 saves in April, going perfect in all of his save opportunities while striking out 15 batters in 9.1 innings and only allowing a total of two hits. Hader, who is the reigning National League Reliever of the Year from last season, has struck out more than 44 percent of all of the batters he has faced so far this season, ranking in the top 1 percent of the league.

Hader wasn’t the only Brewer to be recognized Monday, as shortstop Willy Adames was named National League Player of the Week after hitting .310 with 4 home runs and 10 RBI with a 1.203 (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage) and scoring 6 runs in the past week. Adames breaking out of his early-season slump helped the Brewers win five straight games in the last week, sweeping the Pirates and winning the first two games of their weekend series against the Chicago Cubs before the team got shut out on Sunday.

Adames is now hitting .230 so far this season with a .323 on-base percentage and a .460 slugging percentage with 5 home runs and 5 doubles. His .783 OPS is more than 200 points higher than it was this time last week.

The Brewers have Monday off before starting a three-game series against the last-place Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday.