Josh Hader Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 3" / 180 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 4/7/1994 (28)
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San Diego Padres reliever Josh Hader closed out the final game of the National League Division Series when his club defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3. He pitched one inning, striking out the side and collecting his third save of the playoffs in the process. Hader had 36 saves during the regular season but posted a career-high 5.22 ERA and his lowest strikeout rate (37.0%) since 2017, which lost him the closer role for a bit after being dealt at the deadline. However, the left-hander has been dominant over four postseason games, allowing no runs, striking out seven, and issuing just one walk over 4.1 IP. Hader will be the number one closer option for Bob Melvin going forward.
San Diego Padres reliever Josh Hader got the call in the ninth inning to close out his club's 2-0 win over the Diamondbacks on Saturday, picking up his 33rd save of the season. The lefty worked around a one-out single as he struck out one batter in the frame, throwing 13 of his 15 pitches for strikes. After a brief hiatus as the team's closer, Hader has picked up four saves since August 31, allowing just one run over the six-appearance span. He owns a disappointing 5.84 ERA and 1.37 WHIP for the season, but it wouldn't be a surprise if he finished the season in dominant form heading into the postseason.
San Diego Padres relief pitcher Josh Hader picked up his 32nd save of the season in Tuesday's 2-0 win over the Mariners. Hader came in to pitch the ninth inning up by two. He struck the first two hitters out, allowed a single, and got the final out on another strikeout. Hader has been able to get back on the right track after a rough patch and has now converted all but three save opportunities with a 5.98 ERA, 15.05 K/9 rate, and 4.12 BB/9 rate. Fantasy managers may not feel the most comfortable with Hader at this time, but his recent history of being one of baseball's top closers makes his upside too great to sit.
Josh Hader currently has an ADP ~36 and is ranked as the second reliever in drafts (behind only Liam Hendricks). Considering the numbers he's put up throughout his career, that's fully justified. Since his 2017 debut, Hader has 282.1 IP, a 2.72 ERA and a 44.4% K%. No pitcher with at least 200 IP has a better K% in that time. After posting a career high 3.79 ERA and 12.8% BB% in 2020 (19.0 IP), some were concerned if we'd seen the best of Hader. But he allayed any concerns in 2021 by putting up a 1.23 ERA while striking out 102 batters in 58.2 IP, en route to picking up 34 saves. His underlying numbers back up his lowly ERA. While his xERA (2.18), xFIP (2.35) and SIERA (2.09) all suggest some regression, you wouldn't expect a sub 1.50 ERA again in 2022 and to give context to how good his xERA was in 2021, it ranked in the 99th percentile of all pitchers. Of all relievers with at least 50.0 IP in 2021, only two had a lower xFIP and SIERA. The Brewers should give Hader the chance to top 30 saves again in 2022 and his elite strikeout numbers provide one of the highest floors of any current closer.