Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Pirates Get Their Revenge

Well we might as well get it out of the way right away - Trevor Hoffman blew another save. It's his third blown save of the year, and this was the ugliest one yet. Hoffman came into the game against the Pirates on Tuesday Night with a 3-2 lead, one that evaporated in mere seconds as Ronny Cedeno of all people hit a game-tying home run. And just to make sure that the Brewers didn't have a realistic shot and winning this game, Hoffman loaded up the bases and then gave up a grand slam to Ryan Doumit. Pirates 7, Brewers 3, and the embarrassment of getting crushed by Milwaukee ended just like that.

Maybe that's all the Pirates needed to beat the Brewers this season was to face Trevor Hoffman. In all of the Brewers previous wins against Pittsburgh this season, Hoffman never had to go for the save because the Brewers were up more than comfortably. Then the night that they finally need Trevor Time, he gives up the victory immediately. It's his third blown save of the season, and now the backlash is raining down upon him.

Booing the closer in Milwaukee has become commonplace over the last few years, what with the likes of Derrick Turnbow and Eric Gagne passing through the town. But I'm worried that some people are going to give up on Hoffman far too soon, and judging by the Facebook statuses of many of you that's already taken place.

Here's the thing, it's a major bummer that Hoffman has given up three saves already this season, I get that. But I have a hard time immediately throwing Hoffman under the bus when we're still in April. Clearly, these kind of performances aren't what we've come to expect out of Trevor Hoffman, but I just don't have it in me to sit here and attack him. I don't know though, maybe it's because we've been disappointed by our closers before, but I'd still like to give him a few more chances before we get in panic mode. Plus, if he wasn't our closer, seriously, I mean we have like no other options.

Other than that, it wasn't a bad performance from the Brewers, who got a pretty decent outing out of Randy Wolf. Wolf went eight strong innings, giving up ten hits but managing that to just two runs. Wolf did a great job of getting out of jams when he did create them, and he also got some very solid defense out of Ryan Braun who has been picking up his defensive game lately. The way Braunie has performed both offensively and defensively, you'd have to think he's a top candidate for NL Candidate of the Month.

Even though the Brewers didn't dominate offensively, they should have had enough runs to get the victory before the Hoffman implosion. The Crew got a very nice offensive performance out of Randy Wolf, and also a home run each from George Kottaras and Prince Fielder. Sadly though, it wasn't enough, and the Brewers drop to 9-11 on the young season. They'll have a chance to win the series on Wednesday afternoon with the first pitch scheduled for 12:10pm. Chris Narveson will be on the bump for his first start of the year. Here's hoping if he does put in a nice outing, the bullpen, especially Hoffman, is able to save him.


Daniel C said...

Soup to the closer's spot!

Bear said...

Totally agree on your link statement. WAAAAAAY overrated.


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