The San Diego Padres made one of the biggest moves at this year's MLB trade deadline when they acquired All-Star closer Josh Hader. It was supposed to shore up an already strong bullpen group, but has come with disastrous results that are causing manager Bob Melvin to question his strategy.
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Friday night was the third straight outing in which Hader allowed the tying or game-winning run to score in the ninth inning. A leadoff walk to Washington's No. 9 hitter, a throwing error on a bouncing grounder and a two-run home run was enough to cause Hader's exit with not even one out recorded.
The 28-year-old has allowed six runs over five appearances (3.1 innings) with the Padres and his struggles are not being overlooked. In fact, Melvin avoided a question about Hader's role moving forward after the game.
"We'll consider everything. We need to talk to all parties involved."- Bob Melvin
The good news is that none of this is shaking Hader's confidence. He explained that his recent lack of command is stemming from being "too rotational." It's a mechanical issue he believes he can fix rather quickly. Hader made it clear that he wants to stay in the closer role and be that guy for Melvin.
"You’ve got two options: You can give up and fold, or you can figure it out and move forward.”- Josh Hader on his recent struggles
The Padres now only sit 1.0 game up on the Milwaukee Brewers, Hader's former team, in the NL Wild Card standings. Time is running out for Hader to figure it out and help guide this team to a playoff berth. San Diego has odds set at +1800 to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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