Chris Capuano is mixing his pitches well during his 18 2-3
scoreless innings streak for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
It sounds similar to the formula Colorado Rockies starter Jamie
Moyer has used since his big-league debut in 1986.
These left-handers match up Friday night in the opener of a
weekend series at Dodger Stadium.
Capuano (4-0, 2.21 ERA) figured to be the Dodgers’ third-best
southpaw in the rotation behind Clayton Kershaw and Ted Lilly, but
he has measured up so far to those more accomplished starters. He’s
posted a 1.42 ERA in winning all three home starts and hasn’t
yielded a run since Atlanta’s David Ross homered off him in the
second inning April 23.
“I added a breaking ball in spring training that’s been helping
me out and that I have a pretty good feel for,” Capuano said. “It’s
good having a couple of more weapons out there.”
He’s off to his best start record-wise since beginning 5-0 with
Milwaukee in 2007. Capuano will look to fare better against the
Rockies (13-17) than he did last year when he was 0-2 with a 6.57
ERA in two matchups.
Capuano’s approach is comparable to how Moyer pitches. Dodgers
manager Don Mattingly is well aware of the 49-year-old’s repertoire
since his 20 at-bats against Moyer (1-2, 4.01) are more than all
but two current Los Angeles hitters.
“I faced him,” Mattingly told the Dodgers’ official website. “He
was a soft tosser then. It’s not like he went from Nolan Ryan to
what he’s doing now. He was always crafty. I’m sure he’s a lot like
he was in Philly and the last few times we saw him.”
This is Moyer’s first start since he yielded a season-high six
runs over five-plus innings and did not receive a decision in a
13-9 loss to Atlanta last Saturday, accusing the Braves of stealing
Moyer is 0-2 with a 10.26 ERA in three starts versus the Dodgers
(20-11) since his last win against them in 2000.
NL batting leader Matt Kemp is 3 for 7 with a homer against
Moyer and NL RBI leader Andre Ethier is 1 for 8.
Kemp has now gone a season-high eight straight games without
homering after going deep a league-high 12 times in his first
The center fielder was 3 for 10 with a solo homer and five walks
while Ethier went 4 for 11 with a three-run homer as Los Angeles
lost two of three at Colorado from April 30-May 2.
Rockies slugger Carlos Gonzalez went 5 for 11 with three homers
and seven RBIs in that series. He’s hitting .509 with six homers
and 19 RBIs during a 14-game hitting streak against Los
Gonzalez, who has seven multihit efforts in his last 12 games,
is hitless in six at-bats versus Capuano while Troy Tulowitzki is 5
for 8 with two solo homers and three walks.
Tulowitzki is expected back in the lineup after sitting out
Wednesday’s 6-2 win at San Diego with a sore left groin as Colorado
ended a season-high five-game slide.
“I kind of took a smart day here,” he told the Rockies’ official
website. “It’s tough because we aren’t playing well. It’s not an
easy thing for me.”