Friday, September 12, 2014

The “New” Has Worn Off Chris Capuano

When the New York Yankees acquired Chris Capuano this summer from the Colorado Rockies for a player to be named later or cash considerations the team thought they were getting a veteran pitcher who could eat some innings. While until two starts ago Capuano had far exceeded expectations in the Bronx I think the new is starting to wear off the veteran left hander. Capuano has had two consecutive starts where he has been hit hard and has failed to throw a quality start. With the Yankees seemingly out of the playoff hunt it may be time to do some inventory and see what the team has in starting pitcher Bryan Mitchell or Manny Banuelos.

The Yankees had no idea what they had in Shane Greene until they were forced to see what the young righty had when the starting rotation was decimated by injuries but have refused to use Banuelos in the majors or Mitchell in a meaningful situation or game. In Capuano’s last two starts he has gone a combined 4.2 IP and has allowed a combined eight earned runs. At this point, with the standings looking the way they do and Capuano’s stats looking the way they do, what does the team have to lose?

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