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Could this be the end of the line for former Buc Suppan

Posted By Jim Keller On Sep 28 2010 @ 11:35 am In St. Louis Cardinals | No Comments


Jeff Suppan has had a fulfilling 16-year career

Is this the end of the line for Jeff Suppan?

The 16-year veteran takes the mound Tuesday night for the St. Louis Cardinals against the Pittsburgh Pirates for what could be the last game of his career.

Suppan (2-7, 5.40 ERA) has compiled a 137-142 record with an ERA of 4.70 with six different teams.   He  posted nine double-digit win seasons from 1999-2008 and had his best seasons in his first go-around with St. Louis from 2004-06.

The right-hander was 44-26, including back-to-back 16-win campaigns, in 95 starts.  He  won a World Series in 2005 and NLCS MVP in 2006.

Suppan started the 2010 season with Milwaukee but was released on June 7 after going 0-2 with a 7.84 ERA.   St. Louis re-signed the 35-year-old on July 14 and he has gone 2-5 with a 4.12 ERA in 13 games – 11 starts – for the Cards.

Suppan has picked on the Pirates in 2010 and during his career. He beat them 9-2 on Thursday, yielding just a run and four hits in five frames, and tossed 5 1/3 scoreless frames in an 11-1 drubbing on July 31 to improve to 16-3 against Pittsburgh all-time.

Suppan, who won 10 games with Pittsburgh in 2003 before being traded to Boston to help with its playoff push, has four more wins against Pittsburgh than any other franchise.

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