According to the Philadelphia Daily News, Hall of Fame reliever Bruce Sutter has been hired by the Phillies as a minor league pitching consultant. His man objective will be to assist in the evaluation of the staffs at Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Whether it translate to the young athletes he will be working with, Sutter, 57, certainly knows a thing or two about pitching success. He owns a 2.83 career ERA, a 1.14 career WHIP, and, if saves are your thing, 300 of those as well.
A right-hander known for his dominant split-fingered fastball, he won a Cy Young award in 1979 and finished in the top six of Cy Young voting four other times.
Sutter pitched for the Cubs, Cardinals and Braves over 12 professional seasons stretching from 1976-1988. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2006 and owns one of 10 retired numbers at St. Louis’ Busch Stadium.
The Brewers, once left for dead after outfielder Christian Yelich suffered a season-ending injury, defeated the Pirates 4-3 on Sunday afternoon. That, paired with the Nationals’ 5-3 loss to the Marlins, moved them into a tie for the first NL Wild Card. The Brewers are 10-2 since Yelich’s injury.
During Sunday’s game, the Brewers brought a combined perfect game bid into the seventh inning. It ended when Gio González allowed a one-out single to Bryan Reynolds. The Brewers’ four runs came on two Eric Thames homers and an Orlando Arcia homer. The Pirates mounted a rally in the eighth inning, scoring three runs, but Josh Hader came in and slammed the door, getting the final four outs.
The Brewers end the season on a six-game road trip. They will face the Reds for three games before finishing out the schedule with three against the Rockies. The Cubs trail both the Brewers and Nationals by four games. The Mets are 4.5 games back while the Diamondbacks and Phillies are each 5.5 games behind.