Mets @ Dodgers August 14, 2013: Capuan-o… or Five?

August 14, 2013 at 8:12 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

dodger_stadium_2013_150x150Last week, I wrote about Chris Capuano over at RotoGraphs, and I made a fun little graphic to illustrate the fact that he only ever gives up zero or five earned runs these days. Like, ever. At all. And then Capuano had to go out and face Tampa Bay and David Price in the first game of the Rays series — you remember, the one that ended on Fernando Rodney‘s walkoff throwing error — and gave up, wait for it, five earned runs. (I should point out here that earned runs are stupid, because he left inherited runners on which could have easily been charged to him had J.P. Howell not cleaned up the mess, but you know that already.)

So with that in mind, I guess I had better go ahead and update that image to include that last game and show you the results of his last nine starts:

capuano_earnedruns

Mets
Dodgers
CF
Lagares
LF
Crawford
2B
Murphy
RF
Puig
3B
Satin
1B
Gonzalez
RF
Byrd
SS
Ramirez
SS
Turner
CF
Schumaker
1B
Davis
2B
M.Ellis
LF
Brown
3B
Hairston
C
Buck
C
Federowicz
P
Gee
P
Capuano

There is really just no middle ground in there, is there? I mean, it’s basically a fun statistical quirk at this point — much like the fact that whenever he’s healthy for most of a season, he loses 12 games, though sadly he’s probably not going to drop six more to make it this year, because that implies the Dodgers as a team would lose six more games — but it’s now been just about two solid months of this.

But then, here I am letting math games overwhelm what is indeed the larger story, and that’s that Hanley Ramirez has rejoined the starting lineup for the first time since he injured his shoulder in Chicago ten days ago. Frankly, I don’t care if he goes 0-4 with three errors tonight (AKA “the Dee Gordon special”) and I don’t even care if the Dodgers finish off the sweep — I just want Ramirez to get through this big first test unscathed.

While Ramirez returns, Andre Ethier is out with internal bleeding (!) in his left calf. He’s still expected to play on Friday; Skip Schumaker mans center in his place, as opposed to having Yasiel Puig slide over this time. Tim Federowicz also starts, which is the tenth straight time he’ll catch Capuano. Maybe this is all his fault?

Also, remember Shawn Tolleson? He threw 11 pitches in his season debut back on April 12 in Arizona, walking both men he faced, then underwent back surgery and hasn’t been heard from since. He’s on the road back, and will be joining the Single-A Quakes on a rehab assignment. Assuming he stays healthy, it’s possible he’ll rejoin the big club in September once rosters expand. The 25-year-old Tolleson struck out 39 in 37.2 innings during his rookie season last year.

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