Saturday, July 26, 2014

I'm A Chris Capuano Doubter, Prove Me Wrong

What happened the last time we signed a left handed relief pitcher that the Boston Red Sox did not want? Matt Thornton happened. The Yankees may never learn from their past and are doomed to repeat it. New York, as we all know by now, traded for former Boston Red Sox and Colorado Rockies reliever Chris Capuano and added him to the 40 man and 25 man rosters yesterday at the expense of Chris Leroux. Capuano will make the start this afternoon against the Toronto Blue Jays at 1:05 pm ET at Yankee Stadium. 

Thornton is a prime example of why you cannot base your judgments solely on the numbers. Thornton’s ERA looks good at 2.91 (Capuano's MLB ERA is 4.55) but he has allowed 36% of his inherited runners to score. Thornton has also held same side hitters to a .265 average (Capuano has allowed a .333 average to lefties), not so good for a LOOGY. Thornton has been far from a disaster, I’ll be the first to admit that, but he hasn’t been as great as some may be making him out to be, Twitter here is looking at you kids.

Instead of Capuano joining an all of a sudden crowded, lefty heavy and veteran bullpen he will join a rotation that has been pieced together in the past few weeks. Chase Whitley will head to the bullpen after making the most of his starting opportunity for the Yankees. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out but honestly I cannot say I am too confident. I am officially a Capuano doubter and I hope that the man proves me wrong this afternoon in the Bronx.

Stay tuned. 


  1. Me Too! I love it when I'm wrong sometimes, but today feels like a blowout. Even though you can't predict baseball. LOL

    1. You got that right. Maybe he can find a cutter like McCarthy and blow the doors off.

    2. Ooh, I've seen enough of Francis.

    3. I was a Francis doubter too, at least that was warranted.


Sorry for the Capatcha... Blame the Russians :)