Hoffman is the biggest question mark right now. An ESPN blog put it nicely...
In 2009 Trevor Hoffman gave up 2 HR's in 6 months.....in 2010 he has given up 3 HR's in 2 games!
I'm still convinced that Hoffman will be fine....however....
Macha would probably piss himself knowing that he would have to be the one to tell him that he's getting bumped to the set-up role....or.....an indefinite stay on the DL. How do you tell a guy who's about to rack up 600 saves that he has to hang it up and let LaTroy Hawkins take over? And what happens if Hawkins fumbles the closing duties? His current hot streak won't last forever. I mean, the guy has only walked (intentionally) one batter and given up one hit. You can't really argue about him being ready to assume the role.
Regarding Doug Davis, he'll snap out of it. If he doesn't, well, that's a lot of money to throw in the bullpen. Imagine if Suppan doesn't cut it and he too is sent to the pen with Davis....that's a lot of money used up in relievers.
Again, let's all take a deep collective breath....it'll be alright.
My biggest concern is Carlos Gomez. He looks like he's lost up there at the plate and he's about to crap his pants. I seriously think he doesn't know what to do in the batters box. The guy can bunt...so let him stick to that please. He'll gain confidence over time, but how long do you allow him with Corey Hart playing well and Jim Edmonds DEMANDING playing time?
We should all keep in mind that Milwaukee only has a short window of opportunity to make a late season run. There is no way in hell that Milwaukee will pay out 200MM to Prince Fielder, it's not possible and I would hope that Attanasio would refrain from making such a high-risk move. He's a business man, and he knows that this is a marathon, not a sprint. Yes, the time to win is right now...but Milwaukee can't afford to bet the house on one player, right?
I still don't know what to think about this one. I have always been against the idea of dealing with Boras.