Jeff Suppan is heading back to St. Louis

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Well, that didn’t take long.
Jeff Suppan got himself a four-year, $42 million contract from the Brewers based on the solid work he did for the Cardinals from 2004-2006, so after flopping in Milwaukee and getting released earlier this week the 35-year-old veteran is now back in St. Louis.
Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the Cardinals have signed Suppan and will likely add him to the major-league roster by early next week. St. Louis was looking for rotation help with both Kyle Lohse and Brad Penny injured, but he allowed 29 runs in 31 innings for the Brewers this season and had a 5.08 ERA during his four-year stint in Milwaukee.
Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan has worked plenty of miracles with washed-up veterans before, but if he can turn Suppan into something resembling a decent starter they should probably just put him right into the Hall of Fame. In the midst of his overall struggles Suppan was 5-2 with a 3.63 ERA versus the Cardinals since signing with the Brewers, so Duncan and company may not realize just how awful he’s been.

Joe Maddon: “I have a defensive foot fetish.”

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The Cubs’ defense — or lack thereof this year — has been a topic of conversation as it could help explain why the team hasn’t played at the elite level it played at last year.

Manager Joe Maddon tried to go into detail about that but ended up channeling his inner Rex Ryan. Via CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney.

Well then.

The Nationals have scored 62 runs during four Joe Ross starts

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If, in the future, Joe Ross ever complains about a lack of run support, point to his first four starts of the 2017 season.

Ross started on April 19 in Atlanta against the Braves, on April 25 in Colorado against the Rockies, on April 30 at home against the Mets, and on May 23 at home against the Mariners. In those games, the Nats’ offense scored 14, 15, 23, and 10 runs respectively for a total of 62 runs, or an average of 15.5 per start. Ross was the pitcher of record for seven, eight, 10, and 10 runs for a total of 35 runs (8.75 runs per start), which would still make him the major league leader in run support by that restrictive standard.

Among qualified starters — Ross did not qualify — entering Tuesday’s action, the Rockies’ Antonio Senzatela led the way according to ESPN, averaging 7.11 runs of support in nine starts. The Rockies scored double-digit runs in only three of those starts, oddly enough.

Per the Nationals, the 62 runs of support for Ross is a major league record in a pitcher’s first four starts of a season.