10/02/08 7:07 PM ET
Suppan ready for potential Game 4
Playoff-tested righty would get call if not needed in relief
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
Suppan is 3-3 in nine career playoff starts with a 3.00 ERA. This is precisely the kind of situation Brewers officials envisioned for Suppan when they gave him a four-year, $42 million contract on Christmas Eve in 2006. In fact, when general manager Doug Melvin gathered his baseball staff at a Scottsdale, Ariz., restaurant that October to begin planning for the postseason, a television carried Game 7 of the 2006 NL Championship Series, Suppan's signature performance.He limited the Mets to two hits and one run in seven innings that night, setting up St. Louis for a two-run rally in the ninth inning and a trip to the World Series. Suppan allowed one run in 15 innings of that series and was named NLCS MVP. Sveum believes Suppan will be better with extra rest. He has not started since Sept. 26 against the Cubs. In 155 career regular-season starts when Suppan has more than the usual four days of rest, he is 55-54 with a 4.54 ERA. He is 72-68 with a 4.71 ERA in 210 career starts on regular rest. "He's a professional," Sveum said. "If he goes out and makes his pitches, he should be fine. ... And when he gets rest, I think his cutter or breaking ball is always that much better."
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.