Josh Hader’s Welcome to the Show Moment
Milwaukee Brewers young hurler Josh Hader had a major moment on Saturday evening. After Junior Guerra struggled in three innings, Hader found himself staring down a potent Cubs offense. He ended up doing the damn thing for three innings with six strikeouts, one walk and one hit. Brewers top pitching prospect has been up in the big leagues for a couple months, but that was a second straight outing where all Brewers fans thought ‘Holy shit, this kid is going to be the real deal.’
What we’ve seen from Hader thus far is nothing short of special. He’s going to be a starter for Brewers next season barring any injury. It was interesting to hear David Stearns on Brewers broadcast on Saturday talk about how they’re using the young left-hander in the same fashion of David Price. You forget that Price was a dominant reliever for Tampa Bay Rays when they went to World Series. Hader is becoming that for Brewers, and while he cannot pitch every day, he needs to be part of their bullpen on a regular basis.
With the Brewers rotation in flux, will Hader start one of the game against St. Louis Cardinals? It’s not like he will get to pitch five or six innings, but perhaps, the first three or four innings of the game. I mean why not at this point? Cardinals are full of lefties, and it might be a spot where you could really see what you have at the start of a game. Although, I wouldn’t be surprised if they keep him in familiar situations.
It’s going to be excited for the final two months of the season with Hader, and next year will be even more exciting. There will be more than this one moment.