Craig Counsell said earlier this week that the Milwaukee Brewers will mix-and-match their fourth and fifth rotation spots during the month of September. We learned a few days ago that Brandon Woodruff will take the ball today against Washington, and this afternoon the Brewers announced that Brent Suter will start tomorrow afternoon’s series finale:
Brent Suter gets the start tomorrow against the Nationals. #MILvsWSH— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) September 2, 2017
Brent Suter to start Sunday vs. Nationals in what amounts to a bullpen day. Suter threw 34p in his rehab start Wednesday.— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) September 2, 2017
Suter, who just turned 28, spent the early part of the season shuttling back and forth between AAA Colorado Springs and Milwaukee’s bullpen. He earned a regular role in the rotation for a 6-week stretch in July and August after Chase Anderson went on the disabled list and performed quite admirably for his first five starts before struggling in his last three and winding up on the disabled list himself with a left rotator cuff strain on August 13th. He was activated from the DL yesterday when rosters expanded.
Altogether this season the former 31st-round pick has pitched to a 3.79 ERA/4.02 FIP across 59.1 innings at the MLB level. A soft-tossing lefty, Suter has struck out 49 batters against 18 walks and he’s held opponents to just a 29.6% rate of hard contact.
Beyond Suter and Woodruff, other candidates to makes starts in the 4th and 5th spots down the stretch could be the likes of Matt Garza, Junior Guerra, Taylor Jungmann, Aaron Brooks, or perhaps even Aaron Wilkerson.
Statistics courtesy of Fangraphs