General manager David Stearns said Hader is expected to pitch out of the bullpen in 2019, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Hader was touted as one of the top left-handed starting pitching prospects entering the 2017 season, but his success out of the bullpen over the past two years has prompted the Brewers to commit to keeping him in a multi-inning, high-leverage relief role. The electric southpaw can still provide plenty of fantasy value as a reliever, as evidenced by his 6-1 record, 12 saves, 2.43 ERA, 0.81 WHIP and 15.8 K/9 across 81.1 innings in 2018.
Hader has been ruled out for Game 2 against the Dodgers after pitching three innings in Game 1 on Friday, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports. Hader was lights out in the series opener, tossing three scoreless frames and allowing two hits while fanning four on a season-high 46 pitches. Manager Craig Counsell ruled Hader out for Saturday's matchup shortly after the conclusion of Game 1 but stated that Hader will be available for Game 3 in Los Angeles on Monday. This comes as expected, given Counsell's reluctance to use Hader on back-to-back days throughout the regular season. Milwaukee's skipper did announce that everyone else in the bullpen was available to throw for the team Saturday, per Zach Heilprin of the Wisconsin Sports Zone Network.
Hader got the save in Monday's division tiebreaking win over the Cubs by going two innings and giving up only one hit while striking out three. The Brewers were not going to take any chances and handed Hader the ball with a two-run lead in the eighth inning. He finishes his incredible season with a 2.43 ERA, 0.81 WHIP and a whopping 143 strikeouts in just 81.1 innings as the Brewers head into the playoffs.
Hader was tagged for three earned runs over one inning out of the bullpen in Monday's victory over the Cardinals. Hader was not on top of his game Monday, giving up two home runs, another hit and two walks, but the Brewers were still able to overcome his rare struggles. Hader has allowed multiple runs three times over a nine-appearance stretch, and he now owns a 2.31 ERA, the highest it has been since April 11. He has still recorded 25 strikeouts while posting a 0.91 WHIP this month, though, so he has been plenty valuable for fantasy players.
Hader (6-1) gave up a hit but struck out the side in the eighth inning Wednesday and picked up the victory over the Cubs. The Brewers never trailed in Wednesday's game, but starter Chase Anderson only went four innings, and the official scorer -- as is his discretion -- decided to award the victory to Hader rather than Corey Knebel, who finished the fifth inning and also picked the sixth frame. Hader has 17 strikeouts in just 7.2 innings this month.