Dodgers @ Padres June 23, 2013: Capuano on Three Days Rest

June 23, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

petco_park_opener2013Zack Greinke‘s strong outing last night was important not just because he was outstanding in pushing the team to a victory, but because he saved a bullpen that is likely to be needed heavily today. Chris Capuano, starting on three days rest just because there really isn’t anyone else available to do it, is likely to be limited to about 75 pitches today. He made it through six innings on just 84 pitches in New York on Thursday, but he was also up to 43 pitches through only two innings (before leaving due to injury) the last time he saw San Diego in April, so… this situation could really lead to anything here.

Fortunately, every reliever other than Kenley Jansen should be fully rested, and even Jansen should be available if needed for one inning. Not that the Padres are making it easy on Capuano, of course; their entire lineup is right-handed today, and his career .806/.615 RH/LH platoon OPS split is only getting worse when you factor in the admittedly small sample of .905/.420 this year.

Dodgers
Padres
LF
Schumaker
2B
Forsythe
RF
Puig
CF
Denorfia
1B
Gonzalez
3B
Headley
SS
Ramirez
LF
Quentin
CF
Ethier
RF
Blanks
3B
Uribe
1B
Guzman
2B
Punto
C
Hundley
C
Federowicz
SS
Ciriaco
P
Capuano
P
Cashner

Otherwise, the lineup backing Capuano is generally the same as it’s been for the last week or so, save for the absence of both Ellises. Skip Schumaker starts at the top, and while that continues to not be ideal, he is at least hitting .321/.369/.346 over the last 30 days. That’s a whole hell of a lot better than Nick Punto — .164/.208/.205, which, gross — but at least the grit king is down in the seventh spot rather than higher today.

As for the expected reinforcements, don’t hold your breath on immediate impact — Matt Kemp & Scott Van Slyke went hitless in eight rehab plate appearances for Albuquerque last night, striking out seven times; the only time the pair made contact was when Kemp reached on an error by Round Rock third baseman Mike Olt. Van Slyke made two throwing errors at first base, as well. Kemp moves from designated hitter to make his first start in center for the Isotopes tonight.

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