He throws hard and the game is pretty much over every time he steps out on the mound.
The best thing a team can do when facing the Brewers is to avoid Hader at all costs.
Rarely does it end well for the opposing team when Hader is on the mound.
Hader is perhaps the most dominant reliever in all of baseball today.
On Twitter, Codify Baseball released hits per swing rates for pitchers since the 2018 season.
To no one’s surprise, Hader is at the top of that list with a 5.4% hits per swing rate.
A flawed but not worthless stat: hits per swing.
Best rates since 2018 (minimum 2,000 swings)?
JOSH HADER, 5.4% 🤯
Jacob deGrom, 8.3%
Justin Verlander, 8.3%
Freddy Peralta, 8.8%
Chad Green, 9.0%
Jack Flaherty, 9.0%
Max Scherzer, 9.1%
Gerrit Cole, 9.1% https://t.co/IGD3KTwnED
— Codify (@CodifyBaseball) March 25, 2022
This basically confirms what everybody has been saying for the longest time, that Hader is unhittable, and hitters really do not stand a chance when he is on the mound.
One can only imagine how it feels for hitters to actually face Hader.
It can’t be fun, that’s for sure.
And while hits per swing is a bit of a flawed statistic, it’s not something to discount, as the tweet points out.
Hader just throws so hard that it’s almost impossible to keep up with his fastball.
He’s a power pitcher with that exact mindset, that he’s going to overpower a hitter every time he is on the mound.
He’s finished with an ERA under 4 in each of his five seasons in the big leagues.
Taking an at-bat against him is one of the hardest tasks to complete in all of sports.
And he’s sure to continue that dominance in 2022.
We’ll see if he can continue to blow hitters away with his fastball.
It’s worked so far for him in his career.