Chris Capuano Gets Off to a Good Start


Chris Capuano
succeeded where Ted Lilly & Aaron Harang could not, becoming the first of the three over-30 Dodger starters to look impressive in his spring training debut. Despite some early communication issues with catcher Tim Federowicz, Capuano managed to strike out three A’s over two scoreless innings. Capuano was followed by a stream of bullpen arms (Matt Guerrier, Mike MacDougal, Todd Coffey, John Grabow, Stephen Fife) who  combined to go 5 1/3 hitless innings before Fife gave up a few hits in his second inning of work.

Really, the story in the early going continues to be Andre Ethier, who collected his third extra-base hit in three games, driving in two on a 4th inning double off lefty Sean Doolittle. If Ethier has somehow figured out a way to hit lefties, that would make for an enormous difference in how the lineup stacks up for the season. Personally, I’m holding off on that until we see him do it off of southpaws more dangerous than the corpse of Barry Zito and a converted first baseman who has faced exactly four professional hitters in his life – though I do still believe Ethier is in for a big season.

Other than Ethier, it was good to see Alex Castellanos leave the yard (against old friend Travis Schlichting, no less) and Adam Kennedy even pitched in with two hits. On the other hand, Juan Uribe grounded into an inning-ending double play with two on in the first, and bobbled a softly hit ground ball at third base. So there’s that.

Clayton Kershaw makes his spring debut tomorrow against the Rangers in Surprise, though unfortunately the game will be available on radio only; the Dodgers won’t be seen again on television until they are visited by the Cubs on Saturday.

It’s here what I have to level with you all; posting has been somewhat light lately because it’s really not all that fun to recap spring games that really don’t matter when there’s few jobs up for grabs and not a lot of highly touted rookies in camp to keep an eye on. Well, that’s part of it, because most of my blog time has been spent building the new site rather than writing and researching. Bear with me; good times are coming soon.

26 comments
Chris S.
Chris S.

How have you let the fact that Juan Uribe is currently the teams OBP-leader gone unnoticed?

Bip
Bip

Kershaw got a lot of ground balls but no strikeouts. Interesting. And MATT KEMP

Brandon
Brandon

Unacceptable, Mike. I expect a 5,000 write-up on tomorrow's game with an hour of the final out.

Joseph
Joseph

Good news everyone who hasn't seen this already! Jared Kushner withdrew his bid to buy the Dodgers! The stink of Donald Trump and the rather unsavory Kushner family will not taint the Dodgers.

Ned Colletti
Ned Colletti

I know it is spring training but today this team played like I am expecting this year.

Joey E.
Joey E.

cant wait for the new site

Table
Table

Perhaps a new TBLA like commenting system?? Or am I shooting too high? Ohh I know what would be cool, how about a Being John Malkovich like internet portal leading into the head of Ned Colletii....that would be neat? Is that one of the new sites features? I call first go at Colletii, ima release Juan Rivera and Adam Kennedy

AHicks32
AHicks32

I believe the bases were loaded when Uribe grounded into his inning-ender.

Format
Format

I thought Harang was ok. It's not like he was serving up homers like Lilly. A couple of runs is no big deal. Capuano looked good though. I think Ethier having a healthy knee will be huge this year. He used to hit lefties just fine when he was younger and his knee wasnt all jacked up. Good Luck with the new design.

Eric Alegado
Eric Alegado

I'd hate to think he's peaking this early...the actual season hasn't even begun yet. Seriously, I hope he's better this year, but 2011 Uribe was SO bad, I hope there will be an marked improvement not a just a marginal or short-lived one.

Chris S.
Chris S.

Except for Treanor, who is apparently HBP'ing and sacrificing his way to glory...

Ken
Ken

Go Cyprus with a team budget of only $5 mil. Other teams could learn a lot. But do not let Ned hear about Cypress because they are mostly 30 and over retreads. :)

Solis
Solis

Very happy to see that. I can't imagine the team ending up in the hands of anyone else but Magic and Kasten. All I can do is pray that Frankrupt can see the value in handing the team over to someone that the city will rally around.

Bip
Bip

Now I get it, you constructed this team to play against other teams' AAA clubs. That's brilliant!

Mike
Mike

I'd absolutely love a commenting system like that, but I believe it's proprietary to SBnation. I haven't really found anything public that acts like that; I suppose the closest is a Facebook plugin, but I don't want to use that because I know it'd turn a lot of people off and then I wouldn't have control over the data. Will probably stick with standard Wordpress comments.

Mike
Mike

You know, i thought that was the case as well, and then when I went to confirm on MLB.com gameday they said it was only two on. It's spring for them too so they could have made a mistake.

Format
Format

TOOTBLAN counter?

Christian
Christian

I am looking at my scorecard from the game and I have it as Kemp being on third, Ethier at second and Loney at first. When Uribe hit into the double play, Loney was thrown out at second and Uribe at first.

Jon#7#22
Jon#7#22

Can't wait sounds great!

SamAdams
SamAdams

He's not already wearing an ankle bracelet?

Table
Table

wow that sounds really cool!

Format
Format

Awsome! Sounds great. What about a Ronald Belisario tracker?

Mike
Mike

Ha. No fun since Theriot's gone now. But more info for sure! Full organizational depth chart, player twitter tracker, payroll info, daily stats... it'll be fun.

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