The Brewers made a miscalculation when they traded Josh Hader. Purely a financial decision, Hader was traded to the San Diego Padres. At the time, the Brewers were first in the NL Central with their sights set on the postseason. Now, it is Josh Hader who is continuing on in the postseason while the Brewers sit at home. Josh Hader had an amazing NLDS. Brewers fans were quick to react on social media to Josh Hader’s performance in the NLDS.
Josh Hader NLDS Stats
Josh Hader in the playoffs:
4.1 IP – 4 G/GF
0.00 ERA/0.57 FIP
This is why you trade for him. Props to AJ Preller for pushing his chips in and slaying the Dodgers.pic.twitter.com/4SLDU5z5sJ
— Tyler Milliken ⚾️ (@tylermilliken_) October 16, 2022
Hader was lights out during the series with the Dodgers. He went three for three on saves while allowing no earned runs. In the clinching game, Hader struck out the side to slam the door on any potential Dodgers comeback. While every fan loves to see the Dodgers get beat, it is painful to see Hader be so dominant. This could’ve been the Brewers spot had they simply stuck with Hader. He was going through a bit of a rough patch but he clearly still has the dominant stuff to shut down a team.
Brewers Fans React To Josh Hader NLDS Performance
Brewers fans definitely had something to say about Hader’s performance. Everyone was happy for Hader but were disappointed that it came for the Padres.
Last year, Freddie Freeman beat Josh Hader and the Brewers to send the Braves on the way to the World Series. This year, Hader absolutely dominated Freeman and the Dodgers to send the Padres to the NLDS.
Phillies vs. Padres. The most painful matchup imaginable for Brewers fans.
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) October 16, 2022
I don’t think anyone had Phillies vs. Padres in the NLCS. This shows how open the National League was and the real chance that the Brewers had to come out of the National League. Many questioned the trade again last night.
If I ever had a player like Josh Hader, I would simply not trade him.
— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) October 15, 2022
There are some players you simply don’t trade. I get that being in a small market is tough but when you have something good, keep it.
I still can't believe the Brewers traded Josh Hader. Complete dominance
— Fire Mo and Marmol (@Rinedog1) October 16, 2022
This fan is just in complete disbelief. At the time of the trade many fans were in disbelief but the front office promised that they were still trying to be competitive. Josh Hader’s dominance in the postseason says otherwise.
I’ll never get over the Josh Hader trade.
— Sam Kuffel (@SamKuffelWx) October 15, 2022
I don’t think that Sam Kuffel is alone here. I don’t think that many Brewers fans are going to get over the Josh Hader trade. Even players questioned it at the time. It is something that the front office will continue to have to answer questions on throughout the offseason.
Postseason success often hinges on a dominant closer. We have already seen some 9th inning comebacks in the postseason due to blown saves. Brewers fans will probably be reacting to Josh Hader’s performance for the entire postseason if he continues to pitch like this.