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What's up with Trevor Hoffman?

Apr 28, 2010, 8:41 AM EDT

Trevor Hoffman 2.jpgAs I mentioned in the recaps this morning, Trevor Hoffman got creamed last night. He came in to preserve a 3-2 lead in the ninth against the Pirates, but gave up a leadoff homer to Ronny Cedeno which tied the game. He then loaded the bases
and gave up a grand slam to Ryan Doumit. Both homers were hit really hard.

Hoffman has
now blown three saves, has given up five homers in eight innings after allowing only two in 54
innings last season. I mentioned his reluctance to use his changeup this morning, but as Tom Haudricort notes, that has an awful lot to do with not getting his fastball over the plate early in the count to get ahead (and then having to throw his fastball over the plate late in the count, which looks like batting practice).

Hoffman is a legend and everything so it’s not like he’s going to suddenly
lose his job, but Ken Macha has to be concerned. If the struggles continue, he’s going to have to look for another closer. Where to go if Hoffman continues to not get the job done?  LaTroy Hawkins is a possibility, but it’s not like he’s pitching very well this year himself (8.64 ERA). Maybe the best bet would be Carlos Villanueva, who has struck out 14 guys in 11 innings, only allowing 5 hits.

Hopefully it won’t come to that, though, and here’s hoping Hoffman can turn it around.

  1. berselius - Apr 28, 2010 at 8:56 AM

    It’s tough to pitch with a giant fork sticking out of your back
    (also, today’s captcha: dimaggio special)

  2. FRANK - Apr 28, 2010 at 9:09 AM

    How does Hoffman get do do this while Villanueva has been lights out? It is clear who the closer needs to be.

  3. Al - Apr 28, 2010 at 9:16 AM

    I’m thinking Hoffman could see the DL soon, and Mitch Stetter will take his roster spot.

  4. BC - Apr 28, 2010 at 9:36 AM

    He can’t be physically right. The most HR he’s given up in a season is 10, and he’s given up 5 already.
    Part of the “not physically right” equation is the simple fact that the guy is 42 years old. Being so myself, I can attest to the fact that things start falling apart physically at that age. Could be it. Hope its not. But I also think Hoffman is a good enough guy to realize when its done and just pull a Mike Schmidt. Small sample size, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him hang it up in the next month if things don’t turn around.

  5. willmose - Apr 28, 2010 at 10:01 AM

    What’s wrong? He’s old, time to hang them up.

  6. Mark - Apr 28, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    Calc, I think all he needs is a trip to IN and Out burger. After that, he will be good as new.

  7. BCTF - Apr 28, 2010 at 3:51 PM

    He just blew another one

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