h2h Corner ~ An Impromptu Brewer Closer Carousel (UPDATED)

According to James Quintong, Ryan Doumit became only the second player to hit two HRs off of Brewers closer Trevor Hoffman in one season. The other was Dante Bichette.

Hoffman now has four blown saves in his last seven appearances. That conversion rate makes the Orioles bullpen look like Mariano Rivera.After yesterday’s blown save, Ken Macha gave Hoffman a vote of confidence. However, at some point (likely soon), the Brewers are going to give Hoffman a break from closing – either by a fake DL stint or some other means.

In all leagues, LaTroy Hawkins should be owned (he is in all of mine). While he has struggled (8.64 ERA), he has been the eighth inning man all year. It’s likely he’ll get the first chance at saves.

Someone for deeper and NL-only leagues is Carlos Villaneuva, who hasnt allowed a run all year. In 11 innings he has struck out 14 batters. It is safe to say that Villaneuva is pitching the best out of the Brewers’ pen.

I’m guessing Hoffman ends up with the bulk of the 2010 save opportunities, maybe about 60%. That leaves a decent chunk (25%) for Hawkins and a smaller chunk for Villaneuva (15%). If you are in a league where every save matters, you should be scooping these guys up. And if they should falter, there is always Todd Coffey.

[UPDATE] According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, Hoffman might get a day off. “That’s two days in a row for him,” Ken Macha said. “[On Thursday], if we have a chance to win it, perhaps it will be somebody else at the end of the game.” Like I said last night, they’ll find ways to give Hoffman rests until he gets his mojo back.


4 responses to this post.

  1. My closer situation is weak. Other than Aardsma I have Chris Perez and Chad Qualls who are both on the brink of losing their jobs.
    I’m in a 12 team league, so closers are hard to come
    Any helpful or useful comments or suggestions?


  2. Posted by Albert Lang on April 29, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    In addition to the Brewers, Juan Gutierrez isnt a horrible option. Also some think Many Parra is a darkhorse for saves in that pen.

    You could speculate on the Orioles (Simon or Uehara).

    The Pirates might have an issue, which would mean Joel Hanrahan could get saves (also brandan donnely or erik meek).

    Frank Francisco could be earning the job back for the Rangers.


  3. Those all sound like good options for the future. For the present, I think I’m just going to take the ride with this hit or miss trio of closers.
    I’ll keep my eyes open for closers on thin ice.
    Thanks again.


  4. Posted by Albert Lang on April 30, 2010 at 7:08 am

    I’d rather have your three relievers than any of the ones i listed.

    Do you have any crappy pitchers you can drop to speculate?


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