Josh Hader Aug 18, 2022; San Diego, California, USA; San Diego Padres relief pitcher Josh Hader (71) looks on after the last out of the top of the ninth inning was recorded against the Washington Nationals at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Although Josh Hader was in rare form with the Milwaukee Brewers, things have taking a turn for the worse once he was traded to the San Diego Padres prior to the MLB trade deadline.

With the Padres trying to remain in contention for one of the coveted NL Wild Card spots, Hader’s performance on Sunday against the Kansas City Royals was as brutal as it gets.

During the bottom of the eighth inning, Hader was brought in with the Padres trailing 9-6. After a few miscued pitches, Hader allowed six earned runs in one-third of an inning.

Things actually got so bad that skipper Bob Melvin came to the mound to replace him with Wil Myers — who is a position player.

Fans across social media had a lot to say about Hader’s abysmal performance with many believing the aggressive trade for the All-Star closer was a big mistake for the Padres.

Hader was pitching great with the Brewers, holding an ERA of 1.05 prior to July 4th so who knows if his recent poor performance is mental or physical but it’s something.

Since joining the Padres, Hader’s ERA sits at an eye-opening 25.71 with Sunday being the worst outing. His season-long ERA is now 6.52.

The Padres ended up losing to the Royals 15-7. Ironically enough, Milwaukee is now only 1.5 games back from the third spot that is currently held by San Diego.

About Jasper Jones

A native east coaster via Connecticut, Jasper is a writer for The Comeback and Audacy Sports. He decided to head south for college, attending the University of Kentucky and graduating with a degree in broadcast journalism. Prior to joining The Comeback, Jones spent a year writing for FanSided's college football blog, Saturday Blitz, covering news surrounding the sport and recruiting. He spent the same amount of time doing some freelance work for the tabloid/sports outlet BlackSportsOnline. In his free time, Jones loves to cheer on his Kentucky Wildcats, collect sneakers, read a good book, and get in some gains at the gym. You can follow him on Twitter @jonesj2342.