This time last month, Brent Suter had yet to appear in a Major League game this month as he continued to work his way back from Tommy John surgery.
He’s now beaten out some of the best and most dominant relief pitchers in the league to be named the National League’s Reliever of the Month for September.
Suter’s comeback has been nothing short of incredible — not just for the speed of his recovery, but for how he’s performed in some crucial situations in the past few weeks.
As manager Craig Counsell took full advantage of the #Craigtember rules, shortening starters’ outings to limit trips through the batting order, Suter played an invaluable role in bridging the gap between the starter and the back end of the bullpen, often picking up multiple innings anywhere between the 5th and 8th innings.
Even more impressive, he gave up one run all month — and it came in his first appearance back in the majors, against the World Series-favorite Houston Astros. After giving up the single run on a solo home run over 2.1 innings, Suter went on to throw 16 straight scoreless innings to end the regular season, striking out 13 batters and only walking one while holding opponents to a .130/.145/.167 line in that time.
It’s not a stretch to say the Brewers would not be preparing for a Wild Card game tomorrow if it weren’t for the work of Suter did to solidify the bullpen in the season’s final month.
Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference