April 24th of last year, RHP J.J. Hoover‘s dreams were made reality as he was called up to MLB by the Cincinnati Reds. The very next night, he played against the San Francisco Giants and recorded his first career save. 2012 was certainly a good year for Hoover, but 2013 is much different. Hoover has had quite the trouble getting it going, and if his play continues, he could face the horror or being sent back down to Triple-A.
Hoover has an 0-5 record this season, and it gets worse. Hoover has a 5.40 ERA, and a 9.00 ERA in his last 10 games. Hoover does have three saves on three save opportunities, but it’s when the Reds have a lead out of save distance that he suffers in. Many if not all of Hoover’s losses are from giving up a Reds lead, making them lose the game. If you think that’s bad, wait until you hear what he did in the last game of the St. Louis Cardinals series.
It was extra innings and the Reds sent in Hoover to hopefully hold off the Cards and give Cincy’s hitters a shot at winning the game. Well, it didn’t work out that way. Hoover gave up six runs in only 0.2 innings pitched, which is absolutely pitiful. The Cardinals went on to win the game 11-4 in the 10th inning.
Have you heard enough? Well don’t worry, I’m done. I honestly feel bad for the guy. He is obviously having some trouble getting in a groove, and it is really hurting his reputation as a pitcher.
I think the cure to this is a trip to the Minors. This guy is doing nothing but hurting the Reds, and he could definitely use a break. Going to the Minors will give Hoover a little easier of a time as Minor league hitters aren’t as dangerous as Major league hitters.
If he does well in the Minors and gets his pitches going his way, he will hopefully come back up to the Majors and do well just like every Reds fan was hoping for coming into this season.
Hoover is still currently a Major league pitcher, but a couple more bad outings and he will for sure be sent down to Triple-A Louisville.