Sunday, May 30, 2010

Do the Admirable Thing, Jeff Suppan. Quit.

Before Jeff Suppan even threw a pitch in Sunday's 10-4 loss to the Mets, the boo-birds were out in full force. Just the mere sight of this guy made 36-thousand plus just emphatically show their frustration about how this guy is still on our team. Again, this was before he gave up four runs off of six hits in 1 2/3 innings of work.

The frustration likely mounted because of when Suppan game into the game. Because the Brewers don't have an off day until next Monday, and because of the relievers that were used in Saturday night's game, the Brewers were kind of limited in their options of who to put into the game in the 6th inning. That meant that Milwaukee's best option for a pitcher at that time was Jeff Suppan, which was a terrible situation because the game was tied at the time. Suppan was moved into the bullpen to hide him from the starting rotation, not to come in when the game was on the line.

Suppan is not a very good pitcher, and the only time he is able to do decent is when he has control of his pitches, when he is in command. He doesn't have shit for a fastball, and if he can't paint the corners than you might as well get Bill Hall back here and pitch instead, because I can't say it enough, Bill Hall looked worlds better on the mound a couple of nights ago than Jeff Suppan has this season. If you're Jeff Suppan, what do you tell yourself when everyone in the stadium is booing you without giving it a second thought? How do you sleep at night? Do you realize that you're just going to finish out the season, make an insane amount of money, and then probably never find a job in the big leagues again?

This is the problem with Doug Melvin. He needs to just cut bait while he can and salvage this situation. Pay Suppan the rest of his contract, that's fine. But fake another DL stint for him or just outright cut his ass. Good general managers don't keep guys like this on their team just because they want to save face because of how much they are paying him. Good general managers pick up on the signals that 36,000 people are sending by booing Suppan before he takes the field. Hey, Lost fans were able to get the producers to kill off Nikki and Paulo, we can get Doug Melvin to kill off Jeff Suppan, can't we?

Still though, if you are Jeff Suppan, how can you really keep doing this? I would fall in love with this guy if he went into Melvin's office tonight and said, "Doug, it's fine. Just cut me. I'll take the money, I know I'm a determent to this team, just cut me and move on." Of course, that will never happen, nor should that have to happen because Melvin should just stop being a pussy and cut this guy already. Whew, I need to take a breath here.

Anyways, that really is all that I'm taking away from Sunday's Mets, because this is why the Brewers lost this game. Of course, outside of Rickie Weeks' two home runs (POTG), the Brewers struggled all the way around. Corey Hart went hitless, Casey McGehee went hitless in back-to-back games for the first time this season, and Zach Braddock struggled pretty bad as well. Not a good way to end the homestand, but at least it was a winning homestand.

The Crew are back in action right away on Monday, with a noon game set in Florida against the Marlins. Chris Narveson is on the bump, looking to rebound from a poor performance earlier in the week. Jeff Suppan, well you know he'll still be there. Yay.


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