On May 4th (May the fourth be with you) the Brewers find themselves in first place at 19-13 with a .5 game lead over the Cardinals. The Brewers pitching (especially the bullpen) continues to perform at a high level, but no one is performing at a higher level than Josh Hader. Hader pitched well enough to earn himself MLB Relief Pitcher of the Month for April!
— Marly Rivera (@MarlyRiveraESPN) May 2, 2018
Josh is originally from Millersville, MD and was drafted in 2012 by the Baltimore Orioles in the 19th round. Hader was traded to the Astros in 2013 when Baltimore traded for Bud Norris. He remained with Houston up until the trade deadline in 2015 when he was a part of the Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers trade. The Brewers also received Adrian Houser, Brett Phillips, and Domingo Santana.
Hader played in the minors from 2012 through part of the 2017 season where he made 127 appearances (95 starts and 32 relieving) with a 27-28 record, 3.28 ERA, 1.22 WHIP. His Major League debut came June 9th and he has been dominating ever since pitching in 46 games between the 2017 and 2018 season. Over his short career, he is 2-3 with a 1.78 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, and 107 strikeouts in 65.2 innings. Hader’s career SO/9 is 14.7 and 3.96 SO/BB including a 19.5 SO/9 and 7.80 SO/BB this season.
Monday, April 30th, 2018
Before the game Monday I think Hader was already the relief pitcher of the month for April. But his performance April 30th locked that up for him without a doubt. Hader entered the game with one out in the 7th inning with a 6-5 lead. Josh went on to pitch the rest of the 7th, the 8th and the 9th inning to earn his fourth save of the season. But more impressive than the 2.2 IP save was his strikeout numbers. Hader recorded eight outs in his save and all eight of his outs came from the strikeout. It was a record-setting performance from Hader Monday. He was the first pitcher since saves became official to strike out eight or more batters in less than three innings. You must check out all eight of his strikeouts below!
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) May 1, 2018