Baseball Crank
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September 2, 2006

Another tough loss tonight for Brewer lefty Chris Capuano, dropping his record to 11-9. With the fate of Ben Sheets perennially uncertain, Capuano has very quietly had himself a fine season and snuck up to the brink of being a credible ace in his own right. I noticed the other day in USAToday that Capuano leads the majors in "Quality Starts" (e.g., 6 IP or more, 3 ER or less - he tossed his 23d in 29 starts tonight. His K/BB ratio has hopped up rapidly from OK (176-91) to great (160-35) in a single season, and his pickoff move is approaching legendary status - just 1 steal in 3 attempts against him this season, 2 in 11 attempts last year. Capuano's something of a fly ball pitcher and still gopher-prone (55 homers and 95 doubles allowed in two years, although the latter may be partly the Brewers' outfield), but if he can cut the homers even a little he stands to become a legitimate #1 starter.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 12:08 AM | Baseball 2006 | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

I'm originally from the milwaukee area and still try to follow the crew. Caps is a legitimate number one or two starter. One of the few good moves they have made in, well, forever was getting him among 6 others for richie sexon. Unfortunately, with the trade of carlos lee, the brewers have once again shown that they are not serious about competing at the major league level. rather than add talent at the deadline in a wide open NL wildcard race, they couldn't resist, as they do every ef'n year, trading away their real talent for a number of middle of the road players with whom they can never compete for the postseason. The Twins and Oakland are competitive every year with minimal budgets...enough excuses, enough talk about prospects, enough, i've just had enough. they should be embarrassed and ashamed of themselves for claiming to be a major league organization. they truly are a second rate club. when i think of all the times i sat at county stadium and watched cecil cooper, robin yount, pauly, benji, stormin gormin, and the rest, it makes me sick to see what they've done with this team. contraction.

Posted by: JB at September 3, 2006 2:00 AM

Aaron Harang's another stealth ace. Tough ballpark, average team: great numbers.

Posted by: Mike at September 3, 2006 8:36 PM
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