Brewers: Josh Hader Sets MLB Record With 13th Save In 13 Appearances
By Tyler Koerth
The records and accomplishments for star Brewers closer Josh Hader are continuing to add up.
At this time, the 2022 season is less than a quarter of the way complete and Hader has already accomplished a lot in the young season. In April, he became just the third Brewers reliever to record 100 saves. Currently his save total sits at 109 and he is chasing Dan Plesac for the most in franchise history with 133.
Earlier this week, Hader became the fastest reliever to record 500 strikeouts. He nearly became the fastest pitcher ever to do this, but Aroldis Chapman did it just 1.2 innings quicker. His ability to strike batters out at nearly a 50% clip each and every season is special to watch.
During Friday’s game against the Marlins, Brewers reliever Josh Hader set an MLB record as he recorded his 13th save in 13 appearances to begin the season.
Recording a save in all 13 appearances to begin the season is a pretty cool major league record. During this stretch of games he has pitched 12.1 innings, struck out 18 batters, and has yet to allow a run. Opposing hitters have gone just 2-for-40 against him at the plate this season, which equates to a .050 batting average.
13 saves in 13 games also speaks to how manager Craig Counsell is utilizing Hader. Since 2020, he has been in more of a traditional closer role and is strictly pitching one inning per game. This allows him to pitch in more close games, and as luck would have it this year, all of those instances have been in save opportunities.
Not all of these saves have been easy for Hader. Five of his 13 saves have come in one run games, in which one mistake pitch could have ruined his saves streak. Additionally, on two instances he has had multiple runners on base, but managed to get out without allowing a run.
Along with racking up saves, Hader is also racking up an impressive streak of scoreless outings. Dating back to last year, Hader has not allowed a run to cross the plate in 34 consecutive regular season games. The last runs scored against him came on July 28, 2021 against the Pirates in a non-save situation.
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Hader has been one of the most dominant and consistent relievers in baseball over the past six seasons and his start to this season has been no different. It will be fun to see how long both the consecutive saves in as many appearances and scoreless outings streaks last.