Will Smith was named the Milwaukee Brewers pitcher of the month in May after not allowing an earned run in 13 innings of work. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Milwaukee Brewers: Carlos Gomez, Will Smith Honored


Carlos Gomez was named the Milwaukee Brewers player of the month in May, with left-handed reliever Will Smith earning pitcher of the month honors.

MLB.com announced the monthly awards Sunday.

Gomez, who shifted from the leadoff spot to the cleanup hole after Aramis Ramirez went down with a hamstring injury, had a big month, hitting .354/.448/.598 in 22 games, going 29-for-82 with 17 runs, eight doubles, four home runs, 16 RBI and seven stolen bases.

I want to be in the big leagues. I am being honest, because of what I went through last year [in Kansas City], going up and down seven times. It put things in perspective, like, ‘Who cares what you do as long as you’re up here?’ – Will Smith

His seven steals were tied for sixth-most in MLB in the month of May.

Carlos Gomez’ bat smelled pretty good in May–he hit .354 with an OPS of better than 1.000 while earning Milwaukee Brewers player of the month honors. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Gomez was fourth in all of baseball with a .448 on-base percentage for the month, ninth with a .354 batting average and 10th with an OPS of 1.045.

On the season, Gomez is at .313/.390/.572 in 51 games, with 36 runs, 15 doubles, 11 homers, 31 RBI and 11 steals.

Smith was just filthy in May, not allowing an earned run in 13 innings over 13 appearances, posting a 1.154 WHIP and striking out 18 of the 55 batters he faced, while walking just three.

Smith, acquired from the Kansas City Royals in December in exchange for outfielder Nori Aoki, has been a revelation in the lefty relief role this season. He has a ridiculous 0.36 ERA in 25.1 innings over 28 appearances with one save. He’s allowed 11 walks and struck out 36.

He’s been good against right-handed hitters, holding them to a slash line of .242/.329/.306. But his power slider is helping him make lefty swingers look foolish.

Left-handed batters are hitting .121/.216/.121 against Smith, with almost half of them (18 of 37 total) strikeout victims.

But even with all of his success in relief, Smith—who began his career with the Royals as a starter in 2012—wouldn’t mind a return to the rotation, if that’s what the Brewers want him to do.

“I want to be in the big leagues,” Smith said. “I am being honest, because of what I went through last year [in Kansas City], going up and down seven times. It put things in perspective, like, ‘Who cares what you do as long as you’re up here?’”

If Smith keeps performing as well as he has in the bullpen, the days of starting might have to wait awhile.

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