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Is 'Trevor Time' running out?

1/28/2011

What was meant to be somewhat of a coronation for Brewers closer Trevor Hoffman as he moves closer to 600 saves has instead become a disaster. On Wednesday, Hoffman blew his fourth save of the season, which matches his entire total from 2009.

TREVOR HOFFMAN

Hoffman's main issue has been keeping the ball in the park. Ryan Doumit's game-tying blast off him on Wednesday was already the sixth he has allowed this season (third in the last two days). A few other notes on the long ball struggles:

* The six HR allowed is triple what Hoffman gave up in 2009

* Doumit became just the second player ever to hit two HR off Hoffman in the same season (Dante Bichette was the other)

* Of Hoffman's 18 MLB seasons, he's allowed fewer than six HR in nine of them.

But, the good news for Hoffman is that by allowing just a solo home run, his ERA actually fell to 13.00 after Wednesday's appearance.

Hoffman's changeup, which has been his out-pitch throughout his career, clearly hasn't been as effective this season. The ineffectiveness of that changeup has led Hoffman to throw more fastballs - Hoffman's fastball velocity is hovering around 85.5 mph in 2010. Four of the six home runs that the Brewers closer has given up this year have been off fastballs.

TREVOR HOFFMAN'S CHANGEUP, LAST 2 SEASONS