Devin ‘Air Bender’ Williams Continues To Be ‘Mr. Reliable’ Out Of Bullpen For Brewers

Devin ‘Air Bender’ Williams Continues To Be ‘Mr. Reliable’ Out Of Bullpen For Brewers

There’s no question that the Milwaukee Brewers have one of the best bullpens in the league.

And a big reason for that is Devin Williams. When Williams joined the team in 2019, he immediately made an impact and he’s improved each year.


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This season, our MLBbro continues to show why he’s the cream of the crop as far as relievers go. 

Through 22 games, Williams has a 2-0 record with a 3.15 ERA. He also has 35 strikeouts in 20 innings pitched. It’s almost automatic for Williams when he comes into the game. He has not given up a run in his last nine appearances. 



The fastball has been successful for Williams this season and he’s been a terror out there for hitters. Brewers manager Craig Counsell is enjoying what he’s seeing from Williams.

“The league is trying to make an adjustment to Devin, which makes sense,” Counsell said in an article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “It shows Devin and shows all of us that the fastball is a key for him. It’s kind of expected. We talk about it all the time. It’s what the league requires players to do.”

“He threw some good ones tonight in some good spots, so throwing that fastball where he wants is a big key for Devin, for sure,” Counsell said after Williams’ performance a few weeks ago against the Atlanta Braves.

The 27-year-old can go on to have a long and successful career in the league if he can continue to pitch like this and make an impact out there on the mound. If you are the Brewers, you have to take advantage of having Williams on the team and do everything you can do to keep him around.

During the 2020 season he was named both the National League Rookie of the Year and the Reliever of the Year after finishing the season with a 4-1 record and 0.33 ERA. Through 27 innings he struck out a total of 53 batters and walked nine. 

And it seems that he’s getting better year after year. With Williams pitching like this, it won’t be long until he hears his name called for an All-Star game. And this year, hopefully Williams will not make any off the field decisions that will hinder him from playing in the postseason as the Brewers are expected to be playing at that time. The Brew Crew is currently two games up on the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central division. 

Last season, Williams fractured his hand by punching a wall, right before the start of the postseason.

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It would have been his first postseason appearance, but now he’ll have that opportunity this year if everything works out. Williams cannot afford to miss any games, especially toward the end of the season. But while he’s healthy, he’s going to continue to be a dog out there on the mound and give those hitters a tough time at the plate.

If you need three outs, you know you can count on Williams and his incomparable “Air Bender” changeup to get the job done.


Devin ‘Air Bender’ Williams Continues To Be ‘Mr. Reliable’ Out Of Bullpen For Brewers

Devin Williams Is Back To His Unhittable Form In Milwaukee

Devin “The Changeup Whisperer” Williams made a name for himself in 2020, during a season in which he was crowned the National League Rookie of the Year, National League Reliever of the Year, and All-MLB Second Team.

No reliever had won a Rookie of the Year award since Craig Kimbrel for Atlanta in 2011, and no reliever had ever won in either league without recording at least one save.

“Mr. Lights Out” is having another impressive season in year number two for the Milwaukee Brewers. There’s no question that Williams has been the go to guy for the Brewers out of the bullpen in 2021. The numbers don’t lie.



This season he has a 6-1 record with a 2.23 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 48 games.

Check this impressive stat out though.

He has not allowed an earned run since June 23rd !

Williams is one of several potent relievers in Milwaukee’s bullpen. Brewers manager Craig Counsell couldn’t be more pleased with his relievers and is ecstatic that Williams continues to be dominant in his role. 

“The decisions have been pretty simple and they’ve done their job really well at a really high level. We’re fortunate from that perspective,” Counsell told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “They way they’ve pitched has certainly made my job really easy in terms of how we order this thing. It’s my job to make sure they get enough rest and keep them healthy.”

Though he got off to a slow start to the season, Williams quickly turned things around and has shown the league why he accomplished so much in 2020. 



Williams, 27, was dominant as the setup closer for Josh Hader during the COVID season.  He shined with his high 90s heat and a ridiculous changeup that stifled the game’s best hitters to the tune of an unhittable 0.33 earned run average in 22 appearances to go along with a 4-1 record.

His K rate was off the charts, finishing with 53 in 27 innings for a historic ratio of 17.6 per nine innings. In addition, Williams led all major-league relievers with a 0.63 WHIP and .090 opponents batting average.



Many considered Williams’ changeup, which was given the nickname “Airbender,” the most untouchable pitch in the majors. Hitters went 2 for 62 (.032) against it with 41 strikeouts.

Following his battle with a bum shoulder, most thought Williams would have a significant drop off this season. Early on, it looked that way. Williams started the season allowing nine walks, seven hits, and had an ERA of 13.49. On May 1, his ERA was 4.66.

But he’s found his groove and now its lights out. Over his last 26 appearances, Williams has had a 0.35 ERA. That’s about right for him. He also picked up his first save of the season on August 4th against the Pittsburgh Pirates. 

Nobody wants to see Milwaukee in a playoff series.

Whether it’s an inning or two of relief work, or coming in to pick up a save, Williams does not back down from any challenge. Despite facing multiple injuries in his early career, Williams has not let that hold him back when he’s out there on the mound.  When you watch him tote the rubber and get busy,  you can see that he’s determined to get the job done.



Williams still has the wicked change up and he is adept at keeping hitters off balance at the plate. If you’re a hitter and you see a 95 mph plus fastball followed by a hard changeup, it’s hard to make that adjustment.

The Brewers are in a good position to win the National League Central division and Williams will definitely be an important piece coming out of the bullpen during the playoffs. 

With all due respect to St. Louis Cardinals ace Black Jack Flaherty, Williams might just be the best MLBbro pitcher in the game.