What started out as an ordinary, boring Monday turned out to be one of the best days ever. Well, if you’re a Brewers fan, anyway.
Jeff Suppan was finally released.
Happy, happy. Joy, joy.
Suppan’s last appearance for the Crew came in Friday night’s 8-0 loss to the Cardinals. I was out watching the game and, upon seeing him come out of the bullpen, immediately wanted to pick up my empty pint glass and hurl it at one of 2 things: the 60 in. NON HD television (seriously? No HD?) or the speaker sitting directly next to it that was blasting Nickelback instead of game analysis. Instead, I calmly set my glass back on the table and excused myself and went into the bathroom for fear of seeing something catastrophic. Thankfully, I didn’t witness the final straw that was 3 hits, 1 walk and 3 ERs.
The organization will eat the $2 million buyout and Jeff will likely sit around, hoping some other team as naive as the 2007 Brewers come along.
But, being the stand-up guy that he is, Suppan will continue to donate to Brewers charities until the end of the season and handled his release extremely professionally.
In reaction to the release, the Brewers bought reliever Chris Smith’s contract from Triple-A Nashville. In 23 appearances for the Sounds, Smith is 2-1 with a 1.71 ERA in 21 innings. He’s allowed 17 hits, 6 runs (4 earned), and 6 walks, but has 29 strikeouts. So as far as right-handed relievers go, he’s waaaaaaay better than Suppan.
Also, Todd Coffey was placed on the 15-DL with a thumb injury, so the Brewers are expected to make at least one more roster move to fill the bullpen. David Riske is the likely replacement, who needs to make one more appearance in Triple-A on Wednesday and also needs to be put back on the 40-man roster.
And, since I’ve been talking about pitchers this whole time, how about that Manny Parra, huh?
Last night, Parra pitched relatively unscathed through 4 solid innings, striking out a career-high 10 batters (including 7 in 2 innings. Yes, that’s right.) before giving up a home run to Albert Pujols in the 6th. After that, Parra lost whatever it was that was finally working for him. After walking the bases loaded with only 1 out, Dave Bush was called out of the ‘pen for one batter, Kameron Loe finished out the inning. Loe continued into the first 1/3 of the 8th, but after giving up the game-tying run, Zach Braddock held on for the final 2 outs of the inning and got his first major league win after Corey Hart hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th. Then, you know, John Axford pitched the 10th and, once again, made me forget about Trevor Hoffman for a little bit.
Go Brewers! (Don’t let the Cubs and interleague play ruin this homestand, please!)
The offseason is starting to finally produce some newsworthy content and I’m happy to report (even though I’m a little behind) that the Brewers organization is actually doing some useful things this winter.
Okay, sorry for the 2 day hiatus, but it’s been a very long week. Even as I write this very short but sweet post, my eyes are barely open and my bed is calling my name. I apologize now for any dyslexic tendencies, as my brain likes to shut off even before my head hits the pillow.
The Brewers are currently down 3-0 to the Dodgers. So far it’s seemingly like every pitcher on the roster will be tossing a few, as it’s only the 3rd and the Crew has already used Todd Coffey and David Riske and now Seth McClung is on the mound. Go Brewers, there are still 6 left to play.
On to the countdown pics. Miller Park will be opening its gates for the first time this season in a mere 6 days. The first thing I must do when I get inside is purchase some of these:
Cheese fries in a helmet.
I have so many mini helmets at my house that I had to start taking some to work to decorate my desk. Yes, I could just buy the fries and skip the helmet, but where’s the fun in that? Plus, during the 2007 Suds Series commemorating the 1982 season, they were in retro helmets. Couldn’t pass that up.