Okay, I swear that's the last time I ever take mlb.com's word on anything. I looked and they had Chris Capuano as the Dodgers' starting pitcher. I assumed this was right, proceeded to look up how he's done against tonight's starting lineup, and churned out a bunch of words. Then when I looked on Twitter to see the Dodgers lineup so I could get their career numbers against Eric Stults, I noticed that Stephen Fife is getting the start for the D-words. I'll get to him in a second. In the meantime, here's what I wrote about Capuano. Hey, Mattingly might bring him in in the 13th inning and you'll want to have this information. YOU NEVER KNOW.
Well, the drama will have to wait. Carlos Quentin is not in the starting lineup against the Dodgers tonight. Idiot Dodger fans (whoops, that was redundant) on Twitter have declared this to be an act of cowardice but you and I know that it has more to do with him running into a wall yesterday. Plus, dude has knees like my grandfather. And my grandfather died before I was born.
Instead, Los Angeles lefty Chris Capuano will have throw at somebody else. He might miss, though, because he's been lucky to hit the broad side of a barn lately. Capuano has walked seven batters in his last two starts, both losses. He's 1-4 with a 5.45 ERA, although he did hold the Padres to two hits, one walk, and no runs in 2.2 innings over two relief appearances earlier in the year.
With the exception of opposing starter Eric Stults, Capuano has faced every batter in the Padres' starting lineup at least twice, enjoying moderate success over most of them with one glaring exception.
- Everth Cabrera - 1-7
- Alexi Amarista - 1-2, 2 RBI
- Chase Headley - 4-10, 4 BB, 2B, HR, 4 RBI
- Jedd Gyorko - 0-2, BB, K
- Chris Denorfia - 4-16, 2 BB, K
- Kyle Blanks - 2-4, BB, K
- Will Venable - 0-2, 2 K
- Nick Hundley - 0-6, BB, RBI, K
- Eric Stults - first time facing
Stults will be facing
As for Stephen Fife, he hasn't faced any of them. Wow, that was a lot easier. This will be only his second game this season and seventh overall, all starts. He got knocked for four runs in less than five innings against Baltimore in his other start this season and is still looking for his first major league win.
Eric Stults has faced a few of the Dodgers' starters, with limited success.
- Yasiel Puig - MLB debut
- Nick Punto - 0-1, K
- Adrian Gonzalez - 3-11, 2 2B, RBI, BB, K
- Ramon Hernandez - FTF
- Scott Van Slyke - FTF
- Andre Ethier - 2-9, HR, RBI, K
- Jerry Hairston, Jr. - FTF
- Luis Cruz - 3-8
- Stephen Fife - FTF
Hopefully we can get to their kid early and have a big lead before their fans even show up.
Go Padres! Keep the faith!