The countdown to 600 saves may have to be put on hold. Trevor Hoffman has been awful this season and blew his fifth save in 10 opportunties Tuesday night. Hoffman will spend the next few days working on his mechanics and then a decision will be made on whether he will continue to be the closer. He allowed four hits, one walk, a homer and didn't retire a batter against the Reds Tuesday.

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Hoffman has 596 career saves and is coming off a very good season. There is no clear cut option to replace him, especially since LaTroy Hawkins is on the disabled list and Todd Coffey hasn't pitched well. He has pitched the eighth inning with Hawkins out, but he allowed five runs on Monday. Hoffman is 1-3 and in 13 innings, he has allowed 21 hits, 19 earned runs, seven home runs, walked seven and struck out eight. Hoffman gave up just 11 earned runs all of last season. He has a 13.15 ERA. He is allowing way too many fly balls and most are leaving the park. There has been no change in velocity for Hoffman, who is still throwing his fastball around 85 mph and his changeup at 73.

The Brewers haven't indicated who would close, but my guess is Carlos Villaneuva, who has an 11.8 K/9, 3.05 ERA and 1.06 WHIP.