Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun Win NL Player of the Week Awards in April

Jim OxleyContributor IApril 26, 2011

Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder have batted in 42 of the Brewers' 103 runs this season.
Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder have batted in 42 of the Brewers' 103 runs this season.Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Although the Brewers have struggled somewhat as a team so far this season, Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun have been off to a red-hot April.

In years past, Fielder and Braun have hit hot streaks at differing times, rarely producing huge numbers simultaneously.

That trend has changed to begin this season, as both the sluggers are putting up big-league leading numbers.

Fielder was honored with his third career NL Player of the Week award for the week of April 4-10. The Brewers had seven games in that time period, four against the Atlanta Braves and three against the Chicago Cubs, all at Miller Park.

Prince led the Majors during that week with 11 RBI and 21 total bases, including two home runs and four doubles. He batted .440 (11-for-25), slugged .840, and had an on-base percentage of .500.

Fielder also tied a Brewer franchise record during the week by hitting three doubles in a single game.

Ryan Braun won the NL Player of the Week award last week, from April 18-24. The Brewers played six games in that period, three at the Philadelphia Phillies and three at home against the Houston Astros.

This was also Braun's third time winning the honor.

In those six games Braun batted .480 (12-25), hit three home runs and accumulated nine RBI. He slugged .840 and had an OPS of 1.373. Braun also signed a five-year, $105 million contract extension during the week.

Fielder and Braun have combined to be the main production force for the Brewers so far this season.

Braun leads the majors in runs scored (22), is tied for first in home runs (eight), is tied for second in RBI (20), is second in total bases (58), is fourth in batting average (.378) on-base percentage (.475), slugging percentage (.707) and is seventh in hits (31).

Fielder leads the majors in RBI (22), is tied for fifth in doubles (eight), is tied for seventh in total bases (48), is eleventh in hits (29) and on-base percentage (.433), is 16th in slugging percentage (.571) and is 17th in batting average (.345).

Both Fielder and Braun are potential candidates for April's NL Player of the Month award.