Major League Baseball announced that Pirates reliever David Bednar has been named the National League reliever of the month for May. In the American League, the recognition went to former Pirates right-handed reliever Clay Holmes, now on the Yankees.
Bednar saw a lot of action in the month, covering 16.1 innings over 12 appearances. After picking up just two saves in April, Bednar recorded seven saves in May. He posted a 1.65 ERA with 21 strikeouts and just two walks, and opponents could only manage a .170 batting average and a .485 OPS against him.
The 27-year-old is off to a fantastic start to the season. Bednar’s 1.38 ERA and is tied for the eighth lowest in the National league among relievers, and he’s thrown 26 innings of relief, second place in the National League behind only teammate Wil Crowe.
Holmes is also having a great season in pinstripes, and he didn’t allow a run over 14 innings in May and picked up four saves for the Yankees.