Rookie Brent Suter this past Friday became the first left-handed pitcher to start for the Milwaukee Brewers since Aug. 28, 2013.

Southpaw starters have played key roles for the Brewers over the years, however, despite their recent absence from the rotation.

The Brewers through Friday had sent out left-handed starters in 2,090 of the franchise's 7,606 games since 1969, with those starters earning 709 wins.

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Here is a look at several of the notable left-handed starters in team history (Note: Statistics only include starts, not relief appearances):

-- Mike Caldwell (1977-84), 100-78, 217 starts, 1553 1/3 innings, 3.74 ERA, 508 strikeouts, 336 walks, 18 shutouts.

The Brewers acquired Caldwell from the Cincinnati Reds in June 1977 in exchange for former first-round draft pick Rick O'Keeffe. He pitched eight seasons for the club, winning at least 10 games in six of them. Caldwell's best season came in 1978, when he went 22-9 with a 2.36 ERA in 293 1/3 innings, pitching 23 complete games and six shutouts. He finished second in American League Cy Young Award voting behind Ron Guidry of the New York Yankees.

Caldwell set the Brewers' single-season record for wins, shutouts and ERA that year. He eventually became the Brewers' all-time career leader in wins by a starter and complete games with 81.

-- Teddy Higuera (1985-94), 94-64, 205 starts, 1,364 1/3 innings, 3.63 ERA, 1,069 strikeouts, 437 walks, 12 shutouts.

Higuera is third all-time in wins, shutouts and strikeouts as a starter in Brewers history. His best season came in 1986, when he went 20-11 with a 2.79 ERA in 34 starts (248 1/3 innings), earning All-Star honors and finishing second in American League Cy Young Award voting.

Higuera won 69 games in his first four major-league seasons but just 25 in his final five seasons, as injuries limited his effectiveness.

-- Bill Travers (1974-80), 61-64, 157 starts, 981 innings, 4.01 ERA, 408 strikeouts, 352 walks, 10 shutouts.

Travers' 65 wins (including relief appearances) rank third all time among Brewers' left-handed pitchers. He reached the major leagues in 1974 as a 21 year old but didn't become a full-time starter until the following season. Travers' best season came in 1976, when he went 10-6 with a 1.91 ERA in the first half of the season to earn All-Star honors. He finished the season 15-16 with a 2.81 ERA in 34 starts (240 innings).

Travers won at least 10 games in four of his seven seasons with the Brewers. He signed with the California Angels in 1981 and played there for several seasons before retiring.

-- Jerry Augustine (1975-84), 37-48, 104 starts, 629 2/3 innings, 4.52 ERA, 203 strikeouts, 213 walks, six shutouts.

Augustine began his career as a starting pitcher but became primarily a relief pitcher in his fifth major-league season, though he started games in nine of his 10 seasons. He threw a career-high 209 innings in 1977 and won at least 10 games in two seasons (1977 and 1978).

Augustine was 55-59 with a 4.23 ERA overall during his career and ranks fourth all time in wins among Brewers left handers.

-- CC Sabathia (2008), 11-2, 17 starts (17 games), 130 2/3 innings, 1.65 ERA, 128 strikeouts, 25 walks, three shutouts.

The Brewers were 49-40 and trailing the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central on July 7, 2008, when they sent three prospects and a player to be named later to the Cleveland Indians for Sabathia. He was outstanding in 17 starts, winning four straight to begin his Brewers tenure and allowing one or zero runs in 10 of them. Sabathia helped the Brewers to a 90-72 record and a National League wild card berth, but the team lost to the Philadelphia Phillies in the divisional round. He signed with the Yankees following the season.

Here's a look at the Brewers' pitchers with the most wins as a starter (lefties are in italics).

Player Season W L ShO GS CG IP BB SO ERA
Mike Caldwell 1977-1984 (8) 100 78 18 217 81 1553.1 336 508 3.74
Jim Slaton 1971-1982 (11) 95 110 19 268 69 1788.2 663 832 3.87
Teddy Higuera 1985-1994 (9) 94 64 12 205 50 1364.1 437 1069 3.63
Moose Haas 1976-1985 (10) 89 79 8 231 55 1509 401 781 4.04
Yovani Gallardo 2007-2014 (8) 89 63 3 211 4 1280 472 1218 3.70
Ben Sheets 2001-2008 (8) 86 83 4 221 18 1428 313 1206 3.72
Bill Wegman 1985-1995 (11) 76 84 4 216 33 1398 329 635 4.11
Cal Eldred 1991-1999 (9) 64 65 3 169 17 1071.1 442 679 4.49
Chris Bosio 1986-1992 (7) 63 57 8 163 32 1096 261 669 3.73
Bill Travers 1974-1980 (7) 61 64 10 157 46 981 352 408 4.01
Jaime Navarro 1989-2000 (7) 59 61 6 156 24 996.2 314 487 4.50
Jim Colborn 1972-1976 (5) 52 59 7 140 51 1007 264 437 3.72
Lary Sorensen 1977-1980 (4) 52 44 7 119 50 842.2 165 249 3.68
Scott Karl 1995-1999 (5) 50 51 1 148 5 903 318 469 4.57
Ricky Bones 1992-1996 (5) 47 55 1 137 10 858 292 304 4.69
Dave Bush 2006-2010 (5) 44 52 2 144 3 859 229 597 4.79
Chris Capuano 2004-2010 (5) 43 45 2 120 3 709.1 241 585 4.36
Pete Vuckovich 1981-1986(5) 40 26 2 84 12 532.1 227 265 3.85
Wily Peralta 2012-2016 (5) 40 45 1 104 2 596.2 213 418 4.27
Doug Davis 2003-2010 (5) 38 40 2 119 4 724 316 602 4.11
Jerry Augustine 1975-1983 (9) 37 48 6 104 27 629.2 213 203 4.52
Marty Pattin 1969-1971 (3) 33 37 6 92 22 627.1 197 432 3.64
Don August 1988-1991 (3) 30 26 3 70 9 396 138 167 4.66
Juan Nieves 1986-1988 (3) 30 25 5 81 8 458.2 217 327 4.93
Bill Parsons 1971-1973 (3) 29 36 6 82 22 497 210 271 3.75
Kyle Lohse 2013-2015 (3) 29 32 3 85 4 521 111 352 4.13
Jeff D'Amico 1996-2001 (4) 29 24 2 73 2 431.1 136 280 4.24
Randy Wolf 2010-2012 (3) 29 32 1 91 1 568.1 198 371 4.37
Jeff Suppan 2007-2010 (4) 29 35 0 97 1 555.1 212 290 4.99
Bob McClure 1980-1985 (5) 27 23 1 73 12 445.1 187 227 4.41
Don Sutton 1982-1984 (3) 26 26 1 71 7 487.2 123 313 3.86
Skip Lockwood 1969-1973 (5) 25 52 5 103 16 645.1 286 366 3.82
Zack Greinke 2011-2012 (2) 25 9 0 49 0 294.2 73 323 3.67
Chris Narveson 2009-2012 (4) 24 18 0 62 0 344 126 279 4.68
Steve Woodard 1997-2000 (4) 23 29 0 73 3 429.1 91 314 4.95
Jamey Wright 2000-2002 (3) 23 34 2 77 2 472.2 248 294 4.72
Manny Parra 2007-2010 (4) 23 26 0 74 0 392.1 205 351 5.44
Marco Estrada 2010-2014 (5) 22 19 0 70 0 408.2 100 379 4.12
Lew Krausse 1970-1971 (2) 20 27 1 57 9 350 113 202 4.17
Ben McDonald 1996-1997 (2) 20 17 0 56 3 354.1 103 256 3.96
Jimmy Haynes 2000-2001 (2) 20 29 0 62 0 368.2 174 199 4.98
Shaun Marcum 2011-2012 (2) 20 11 0 54 0 324.2 98 267 3.60
Mike Fiers 2012-2015 (4) 20 26 0 56 0 320 95 332 3.77
Jimmy Nelson 2013-2016 (4) 19 34 0 68 0 392.1 154 320 4.27
Gene Brabender 1969-1970 (2) 18 26 1 50 9 301 153 193 4.75
Mark Knudson 1986-1991 (5) 18 17 2 50 6 286.2 72 103 4.68
Billy Champion 1973-1976 (4) 17 15 1 50 7 290.1 106 117 4.28
Matt Garza 2014-2016 (3) 17 27 1 64 1 371.2 130 265 4.70
Jamie Cocanower 1983-1986 (4) 15 24 1 47 5 291 146 107 4.11
Victor Santos 2004-2005 (2) 15 24 0 52 1 284.1 111 192 4.72

Information courtesy baseball-reference.com

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