If Eric Thames owns the month of April, Aguilar owns the month of May. Aguilar, who’s filled in at first base for the injured Thames, has compiled 17 hits, 12 RBI, 12 runs scored and six homers in 17 games this month. He’s reached base at least once in 14 of 16 starts. And while we were writing this Midweek Stock report, Aguilar tallied three RBI and two more hits in Wednesday's series finale against Arizona. He won’t stop hitting!
Mike Budenholzer, Bucks head coach (⬆ UP)
The Bucks introduced Budenholzer on Monday as the franchise’s 16th full-time head coach. Judging by reaction from the experts and fans, this was a good choice by Milwaukee. The honeymoon period is officially on, how else to explain in a town known for Miller, no one worried that Milwaukee now has a "Coach Bud."
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Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton, Bucks forwards (⬆ UP)
Milwaukee’s top scoring duo reportedly had breakfast with Budenholzer while he was in town. It's nice to think that Milwaukee's top players gave the new boss a thumbs up. But who picked up the check?
Freddy Peralta, Brewers starting pitcher (⬇ DOWN)
What goes up, must come down. After his electrifying first MLB start, Peralta was touched for four runs in four innings by Minnesota. He had trouble with his control, walking six. Peralta was sent back to Triple-A, leaving a bad taste in his mouth in the majors until he returns, which he certainly will do.
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Josh Hader, Brewers reliever (⬆ UP)
Hader continues to dominate, and we mean dominate, major leaguers at the dish. He’s fanned 58 hitters, which leads all relievers (by 13 Ks, no big deal) and owns a 17.8 strikeouts per nine innings average. “Haderade” also leads the National League with a 2.6 win probability added mark (right behind him is teammate Jeremy Jeffress at 2.4). Only two pitchers have finished a season with a strikeout percentage of 50 percent or higher: Aroldis Chapman (52.5 percent in 2014) and Craig Kimbrel (50.2 percent) in 2012. After Sunday’s appearance, Hader had a 58.9 percent rate.
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Orlando Arcia, Brewers shortstop (⬇ DOWN)
The tough season at the plate continues for Arcia. This past week he was 1 for 14 (.071) with no walks and six strikeouts. On the season, Arcia is straddling the Mendoza line, batting .199 with a .238 on-base percentage and .279 slugging percentage one year removed from a slash line of .277/.324/.407.
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