On June 7th, 2010, the Brewers were 23-34. It was the low point of the season, and the Brewers were effectively already done, 9.5 games behind the division leaders in the NL Central.
On June 7th, 2010, the Cardinals were 33-25 and tied for the NL Central lead with Cincinnati.
Most importantly, on June 7th, 2010, the Brewers exorcised their demon, and released Jeff Suppan. Shortly thereafter, he joined the Cardinals.
As thing stand now, the Brewers are 57-64 – no great shakes, but that’s a record of 34-30 since Suppan’s release. The Cardinals are now 65-53, after a 2 game Brewers sweep, and three games out of the Central lead. The Cardinals, a much more talented team than the Brewers, are only 32-28 in this time frame.
What could possibly explain this? Random variation? Regression to the mean? No, clearly the answer is Jeff Suppan. By rididng themselves of this baseball demon, the Brewers have returned (somewhat) to respectability, and the Cardinals, who foolishly welcomed him into their clubhouse, have only performed percentage points better than this lowly team. I feel that this is something worth tracking the rest of the season, and as the George Kottaras Walk Rate Tracker has fallen into disarray, you can find it at the top right of the sidebar.