Reds @ Dodgers July 28, 2013: Chris Capuano’s Final Start?

July 28, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

dodger_stadium_2013_150x150Will this be Chris Capuano‘s final start as a Dodger? I’m not saying it will be or won’t be, but it’s a reasonable question to ask. Stephen Fife makes his second rehab start for Albuquerque this afternoon, and not only does that line him up precisely with Capuano, you’ll remember that the decision had already been made to go with Fife over Capuano during that ever-so-brief period when both were thought to be healthy after Ricky Nolasco was acquired.

Toss in the fact that tomorrow’s day off allows for the rotation to be reset, and that the trading deadline will have passed before Capuano’s spot comes up again — Jake Peavy has reportedly already been traded and his clearing out his locker in Chicago, though we don’t yet know where he’s going — and you do start to wonder who exactly will be the fifth starter for the Dodgers the next time this spot comes around, likely next week at Wrigley Field.

Reds
Dodgers
CF
Robinson
2B
M.Ellis
LF
Heisey
RF
Puig
1B
Votto
1B
Gonzalez
2B
Phillips
SS
Ramirez
RF
Bruce
LF
Hairston
3B
Frazier
CF
Ethier
SS
Cozart
3B
Uribe
C
Mesorasco
C
Federowicz
P
Cingrani
P
Capuano

If so, Capuano is backed by a lineup that once again will not feature Carl Crawford, still battling the effects of the illness that sent him to the emergency room today. Since Cincinnati lefty Tony Cingrani is on the mound (dig his 88 strikeouts in 75.1 career innings), Don Mattingly will bench last night’s hero, Skip Schumaker, to use Jerry Hairston in left field instead.

That puts Mark Ellis back atop the lineup, and while I am admittedly not Ellis’ biggest fan, he does have a nine-game hitting streak and is hitting .321/.365/.397 in July, so there’s at least that.

By winning two of the first three games against the Reds, the Dodgers have ensured that they’ll do no worse than a split here, as that look to continue their absurd 25-6 run. That ties them with the 1962, 1976, and 1977 teams for the best 31-game stretches in Los Angeles Dodger history; only the 1977 team ever won 26 of 32, and no Los Angeles team ever won 27 of 33. We’re getting pretty close to seeing history made here, you know.

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