And he is KILLING the Brewers! Today he gave up 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th without recording an out, allowing Cincinnati another day alone on top of the NL Central standings.
He has 5 blown saves already and games like this must be quadruply crushing for the Brewers who are in an awful losing streak and seeing their hopes for a playoff run starting to slip away.
Reliever Manny Parra gives the Brewers 4 innings in an emergency start. Marco Estrada throws 4 solid innings in his Brewers debut and they seemed ready to withstand a good Homer Bailey start.
Then in comes Hoffman. And before you can say "Scott Brosius" the game is tied. And before you can say "2 chances to clinch a playoff spot in 3 days in 2007" the game was over...
Hoffman's ERA is now 13.15.
Even Brad Lidge is thinking "Wow, that sucks!"
It's early, but not THAT early.
Ken Macha has to pull the plug on Hoffman's closing career. I don't buy the whole "Well, he's a Hall of Famer" argument.
First of all, I don't think he's a Hall of Famer. But secondly, Bob Feller is also a Hall of Famer. Should the Indians throw him every 5 days? (OK, bad example, Rapid Robert could probably make it as the Tribe's #5 starter now.)
Hoffman DID have some great seasons. Even I can admit that. But they are in the rear view mirror.
But when you are trying to make up any ground in this race, you can't cough up games like this.
And if Macha wants to keep his job, he better make that decision sooner rather than later.