Saturday, June 19, 2010

TREVOR TIME

The Brewers are dead last in the Major Leagues with only 10 saves on the season.  I'm guessing that they are also last in save opportunities in that 12 of their 28 wins have been by a margin of 4 or more runs.

This is just a gut feel, but I think it's time that Ken Macha reinstate Trevor Hoffman as the team's closer.  Get him to 600 saves so we can take down that onerous banner in Miller Park.  That thing has been hanging there all year, not moving, and serves as a constant reminder of a failed season.

Hoffman has not allowed a run in his last four outings and except for the 3-run blow-up on June 1, has pitched rather well in his mop-up role.  He has a 3.38 ERA since being demoted - even with the one bad game.

I have nothing against John Axford.  He's pitched very well.  I think he would equally effective in the 8th inning.  But if Hoffman can regain some level of respectability in the closer's role, I think it would give the bullpen a lot more balance.  And if he can regain his form of last season, it might be the spark the Brewers need to salvage something from this year.  The Brewers have 16 home games before the All-Star break.  Wouldn't it be a shot in the arm to see that the number 600 next to the scoreboard by then?

And if he fails...  not much lost.  But then it will be time to take the banner down and wish Trevor Hoffman the best of luck as he moves on with his life.

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