BrewCap: Brewers Survive Another Hader Homer
With relief pitchers, they can sometimes lose their swagger. They can be as good as it gets but rough patches happen with them almost more than other people on the 25-man roster. Josh Hader is currently in a slump. He cannot seem to not give up home runs. In the last 15 days, Hader has a 7.94 ERA with five runs and three home runs allowed. If we peel the onion to 30 days, he has an ERA of 5.11 with 14 hits and seven runs allowed. If you look at him pre-All Star, he only allowed 15 hits total and 10 runs allowed. Things are not well for Hader right now. Thankfully, the Milwaukee Brewers were able to walk it off in the bottom ninth with an Eric Thames home run to avoid one of the worst losses of the year.
Player of the Game: Eric Thames – I talked a little bit about how he’s had an underrated season in this post plus Uecker’s call from the game. Thames came into the game as a pinch-hitter and had two successful at-bats. He drew a walk then Manny Pina drove in a key insurance run. Then he slammed a home run to win it. Good on ya, Eric.
Honorable Mention: Yasmani Grandal – Again, we’ve seen a good game from Grandal this week. he only went 1-for-3 but when the game was on the line in the seventh, he came up clutch. This might be living in the moment a bit, but the guy has always felt like he comes up in big moments for his career. The fact he found a way to get that ball down with an extreme shift with Roughnud Odor in basically right field is incredible.
The Thing I Like: Two-out clutch hitting – Milwaukee scored five of their six runs yesterday with two outs last night. That’s fantastic for a team who has been bad with runners in scoring position all season. Grandal, Ryan Braun, Thames, and Manny Pina all came up in a major way last night. This could have easily been a loss for the Crew, and they found a way to win last night.
The Thing That Has Me Wondering – With Trevor Hoffman in the house yesterday, I wonder if he had a chance to speak with Hader. It would be great to have him speak to him and talk to him about how to deal with struggles as a closer. I know he works for the San Diego Padres, so, maybe he cannot do that but reaching out to Hoffman would be fantastic in my opinion.
Next up: Milwaukee and Texas get ready for Game 2 with two unknowns at starting pitcher. Adrian Houser gets the ball again for the Crew. Houser has been inconsistent against the American League this year. Pedro Payano goes for Texas who only has four starts under his belt. There isn’t much to go off. We’ll see if Christian Yelich comes back tonight, and if he does not, I think we’re seeing an IL stint which I already said is perfectly okay.