Brewers Lose back-to-back to the Cubs
Ryan Dempster has the Brewers number. He beat Milwaukee for the fourth stright time, throwing seven and two-thirds strong innings in an 8-1 Cubs victory. Dempster gave up only the single run while improving his record to 2-0. It was true that the Cubs had lost five of their last six games, and in three losses to the New York Mets had scored a total of just three runs. “We’ve got to score more runs,” manager Lou Piniella said. “Three runs, three games, that’s not going to cut it. All I know is, we need to score more runs to win.”
Chicago came into the game having lost five of their last six while the Brewers had swept the Pirates and won four in a row. The Brewers only run came on a Craig Counsell double. Losing pitcher Jeff Suppan was booed off the field as he left the game, and it appears that his season is not doing so well.
Will the Brewers Dump Suppan From Starting Rotation?
Brewers manager Ken Macha acknowledged Saturday that there has been “some discussion” about dumping Jeff Suppan from the starting rotation.
Suppan has surrendered 16 hits over his first 9 1/3 innings of the season, putting his ERA at an ugly 8.68.
Chris Narverson is a likely fill-in, as is Manny Parra. But there’s no point in speculating any further until the Brewers pull the trigger. Suppan should not be owned in any fantasy format.