10/26/06 12:24 AM ET
Rain means Suppan has one shot
Veteran not expected to get a second start in World Series
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
If Suppan makes it to the mound on Thursday, he'll be doing so on six days' rest, two more than his normal routine calls for during the regular season. He made five starts during the regular season on six-plus days of rest and was 1-1 with a 3.19 ERA. Opponents also hit .301 off him in those starts, as opposed to .277 overall during the regular season."You know, I'll be honest with you, I think you lose track of days during this time of year," Suppan said on Monday during a press conference. "And I don't know throwing with an extra day or short rest, I don't know if that really matters. I think you just go out and pitch when they tell you to pitch." Suppan has been through this before. In 2004, when he was the Cardinals' fourth starter, he had to wait 11 days between his final start of the regular season and his first start in the playoffs. But Suppan pitched pretty well when he finally took the mound against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 4 of the National League Division Series. Suppan allowed two runs in seven innings and the Cardinals clinched the Series with a 6-2 victory. He even had two hits in the game as a batter. "I was going through that time where I had 11 days off," Suppan said. "I never thought, 'This is nine days off, this is 10 days off.' I was just preparing for when I was going to get my start." The rain has caused another delay related to Suppan. He taped a political ad for the upcoming Missouri state elections that was supposed to run on television during his start. That will also have to wait, although the Cardinals don't mind Suppan getting involved in politics. "Our policy is you recognize each person has the professional side and the personal side, and you respect both sides of them," La Russa said. "Actually, our organization encourages guys to get involved in something just beyond baseball. Whether you agree with the choice or whatever, I like the fact that guys make a commitment and they get involved." Right now, though, La Russa just wants to see Suppan pitch.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.