The Cards welcomed back 37-year old starter Jeff Suppan today, sending right-hander Adam Ottavino to Triple-A Memphis.The move strikes me as a little desperate, like they are grasping at straws. Suppan is 37. He has a 135-137 career record with a 4.68 ERA. He was 0-2 with a 7.84 ERA this year before being let go by the Brewers. Stephen Strasburg he ain’t.
Maybe the Cardinals are remembering the good old days, when he put together back-to-back 16 win seasons for them, in 2004 and 2005. In 2006 he had a 0.60 ERA and was the MVP of the NLCS in helping the Cards to win the World Series. But that was back when he was in his early 30′s and in his athletic prime.
Perhaps he is a good locker room guy? Maybe he is some kind freaky motivator that we don’t know about? He won’t be getting it done on the field. They’ll be lucky if he wins fifty-percent of his starts.
They need something though. The Cardinals continued their slide last night, losing to the Astros 7-5. As is their way, the middle relief let them down. Starting pitcher Chris Carpenter left the game having given up only three runs and Dennys Reyes (who either looks like Carlos Mencia with a beard or a pudgy Johan Santana, depending on the photo) came in and promptly gave up two more.
Maybe their upcoming home stand will be just the thing the Cards need to get back on track. They are 19-10 at home this year, compared to 15-19 when they are on the road.
Something needs to give them a boost. I don’t think it’s going to be Suppan.
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Written by Gabriel Rodriguez
Born in Germany, early childhood in NYC, raised in the D.C. area, currently reside in Charlottesville, VA. Big fan of the NY Giants and San Antonio Spurs.