Hader struck out three in two perfect innings Saturday to record his ninth save of the season in a 4-2 win over the Braves. Corey Knebel's recent struggles have opened the door for Hader to close out games again, and he now has two saves in four August appearances after going the entire month of July without one. Manager Craig Counsell prefers to have Knebel working the ninth inning and reserve Hader for the highest-leverage situations, but until Knebel rights his ship, Hader's fantasy value will once again be on the rise.
Hader recorded the final out to record his eighth save of the season Saturday against the Rockies. The Brewers needed three pitchers in the ninth inning to close out an 8-4 win over the Rockies, and Hader came in with the bases loaded before getting Charlie Blackmon to pop out. It marked his first save since June 26 as he continues to fill a high-leverage role as opposed to filling the role of a traditional closer. While that's a hit to his fantasy value, he has pitched exceptionally well all season, posting a 1.33 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and 99 strikeouts across 54 innings.
Hader tossed two scoreless innings and picked up his fourth win of the season in Monday's victory over the Dodgers. He did not allow a hit and posted a 3:2 K:BB during the outing. Manager Craig Counsell summoned Hader in the fifth inning Monday -- the earliest he has entered a game since April 6 -- and Hader made his manager look good, keeping the Dodgers at bay while maintaining a three-run lead. Hader has been lights-out since the All-Star break, going 2-0 with a 0.71 WHIP and 10:2 K:BB over 5.2 scoreless innings.
Hader picked up his third win of the season in Thursday's victory over the Giants. Hader tossed 1.1 perfect innings and punched out two batters, which raises his strikeout total on the season to a whopping 96. Since giving up two home runs against the Marlins in a July 9 outing, Hader has tossed 5.1 scoreless innings while giving up just two hits and posting an 11:0 K:BB.
Hader will not be suspended or fined in regards to offensive social media posts from years past. Multiple instances of offensive tweets from Hader's social media account resurfaced during his appearance in the All-Star Game on Tuesday. The reliever spoke to the press following the exhibition, apologizing for his comments and stating that he would accept whatever punishment came his way. Though Hader escaped the incident without any major consequences, he will need to undergo sensitivity training and participate in the MLB's diversity program.