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Friday, June 11, 2010
Suppan hoping for that ol' Dunc magic

Bernie Miklasz on the Cardinals' newest (and oldest) starting pitcher:

Bernie goes on to recite the horrors of 2010 (so far), most especially Suppan's 7.84 ERA and $12.5 million salary. So why do the Cardinals want him? Because they need a starter and they don't trust rookie P.J. Walters or rookie Adam Ottavino. It's tempting to argue that La Russa and Duncan just flat-out don't trust rookies, except Jaime Garcia is a pretty powerful counter-argument. If they think Jeff Suppan is better than Walters ... well, I'm tempted to give them the benefit of the doubt.

But Jeff Suppan's ERA since leaving the Cardinals is 5.08. If Suppan really is good enough to stick in the rotation and help the Cardinals reach the playoffs, I think Dave Duncan should give his Hall of Fame induction speech the same day Tony La Russa does.