On Friday night, Milwaukee Brewers closing pitcher Josh Hader entered the game in the ninth inning as his team led 5-2 over the San Francisco Giants. Instead of walking away with the save, the Giants lit Hader up and walked away with the 8-5 victory, further adding to the veteran hurler's July woes.
Hader opened up with reporters about his recent struggles following the Brewers' defeat. The 28-year-old was completely honest with his assessment, saying that "I feel like I’m trying to feel things I don’t need to and I lost the aggressiveness that I normally have."
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Hader made sure reporters knew that he isn't playing hurt and that he plans to forget what happened last night and "move on." Teammate Brandon Woodruff reiterated that he still thinks that Hader "is the best closer in the game," while manager Craig Counsell believes that the southpaw can bounce back by limiting mistakes.
"I think it’s the ‘finish’ part of pitching. If you can execute the pitches you need to make and limit the mistakes, you’re going to put yourself in a better position."- Craig Counsell
Hader opened the 2022 MLB season as the top closer in baseball. He recorded 24 saves while giving up only three runs on 10 hits in 24.2 innings over his first 26 appearances. Since July began, he's 0-3 in seven games with a 20.25 ERA and 3.188 WHIP.
At the end of the day, it's way too early to count the Millersville, MD native out. Hader is a four-time All-Star and three-time Trevor Hoffman National League Reliever of the Year for a reason. Perhaps the right discussion with Milwaukee's pitching coaches can help him get back on track before it's too late.
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Hader returning to form is absolutely crucial if the Brewers hope to end the campaign with a championship. FanDuel Sportsbook has Milwaukee available at +2500 (T-No. 6) to win the 2022 World Series.
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