Bledsoe proves to be a triple threat during current hot stretch
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Eric Bledsoe, Bucks guard (↑ UP)
It'd be hard to find a player on Milwaukee playing better than Bledsoe over the past month. Since March 14, Bledsoe is averaging 20.6 points, 6.9 assists, 4.1 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 0.6 blocks per game while shooting 55.2 percent from the field (39.7 percent from 3) and 81.4 percent from the line. He's missed exactly one free throw over his last seven games (23 of 24). This past week, with Giannis Antetokounmpo sidelined, Bledsoe put up a double-double in a win at New York (22 points, 10 assists) then tallied a triple-double (20 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists) -- the third Bucks player to do so this season -- in a win over Orlando on Monday in the final regular-season game at the Bradley Center. Bledsoe is definitely headed to the playoffs on the upswing.
Josh Hader, Brewers reliever (↑ UP)
Milwaukee's bullpen has been a little up and down at the start of the year, but Hader has been dynamite. This past week, the left-hander pitched 3 1/3 hitless innings while striking out seven. Perhaps more memorable -- he got his first major-league hit (and run), singling off Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks. On the season, Hader has allowed one hit and struck out 14 in 6 1/3 innings. Oh, and he's batting 1.000.
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Rabid Badgers football fans (↓ DOWN)
For those Wisconsin faithful wanting to get an early look at the 2018 squad and/or get a taste of football in April, well, they are out of luck. Wisconsin canceled its spring game, which was set for Friday night, due to incoming inclement weather. Now how will people overreact when there's no big spring numbers from unheralded players? Guess we'll have to wait until August for fall camp.
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Shabazz Muhammad, Bucks forward (↑ UP)
After sitting out a game due to an ankle injury, Muhammad came off the bench Monday despite being listed as questionable and poured in a season-high 22 points, his highest-scoring game in almost exactly one year. Muhammad played in just under 24 minutes, his most playing time since joining Milwaukee and highest amount since October. Muhammad made 7 of 14 shots and all seven of his free-throw attempts, proving he can still be an offensive spark the Bucks might be looking for come playoff time.
J.J. Hoover, Brewers reliever (↓ DOWN)
Hoover had a great spring but couldn't make the big club. He agreed to go to Triple-A and bide his time for a call to Milwaukee, which occurred this week with the Brewers' bullpen a little worn out. Hoover got into Tuesday's game against St. Louis and promptly blew a save in the 10th inning and lost in the 11th on a walk-off home run. Less than 12 hours later he was designated for assignment.
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Eric Thames, Brewers first baseman (↑ UP)
Thames had gotten off to a bit of a slow start to the season but he found his power stroke last week, clubbing three home runs. Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that Thames would be clearing the fences this month, after all he smacked 11 homers in April last season. Thames owns a .647 slugging percentage on the young season, tops on the Brewers.
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Hernan Perez, Brewers utility player (↓ DOWN)
Perez did get his first hit of the season this past week … and he's still searching for hit No. 2. He went just 1 for 13 on the week and 1 for 17 (.059) on the season with one walk. Given a chance to play second base, he made two egregious errors against the Cubs last Thursday. It's of course still early in the year, but this is certianly not the start Perez had envisioned.