The Josh Hader trade has been a disaster for everyone

Josh Hader is having a rough go with it on the San Diego Padres.

Hader was traded from the Brewers to the Padres in a deadline deal. While the swap confounded Brewers fans at the time — and even agitated the ranks of the locker room — he has gotten shelled ever since.

On Sunday against the Royals, Hader gave up six earned runs on five hits, plus two walks — in a third of an inning.

Last week, the Padres decided to go with closer-by-committee instead of sticking with Hader in the role; since joining the team he now has an ERA of 23.14.

Observed the San Diego Union-Tribune: “His troubles Sunday were a continuation of the issues that got him demoted from the closer’s role a little more than a week ago — a general inability to command his pitches, failing to get the ball in the strike zone too often and not keeping it from sweet spots when he did find the zone.”

What makes this more remarkable is that in Hader’s first 19 appearances this season, he did not give up a single run, earned or unearned.

Josh Hader has an ERA of 23.14 since being traded to the Padres.
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“Just working through it,” Hader told reporters on Sunday. “You’re gonna have good ones and bad ones, and just gotta keep on moving and doing what I’ve been doing and trusting the process.”

The Brewers’ bullpen has also faltered since the trade, with a bevy of blown leads against the Reds, Pirates, and Cubs — sub-.500 teams that, on paper, were supposed to contribute more wins toward a postseason berth.

Interestingly, the Padres and Brewers are both vying for the final NL Wild Card berth; the Brewers are currently 1.5 games back.


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