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Friday, December 02, 2011

Report: Dodgers Sign Chris Capuano

So far, the only mention of this has been a Jayson Stark tweet claiming the deal is for 2 years/$10M. Capuano was most recently with the Mets, where he posted an 11-12 record with a 4.55 ERA in 31 games started and 186 innings pitched, with a 7.9 K/9 rate and a 2.44 K/BB rate. I actually don't hate this deal, considering, though I add he will be playing out his age 33 and 34 seasons with the Dodgers. I would call it Hiroki Kuroda insurance, mainly.

Update: Christina Kahrl despises the deal:

...Capuano has one thing going for him: He racked up strikeouts, racking batters up 21 percent of the time with a crafty lefty’s assortment, changing speeds and trying to pound the bottom of the strike zone to avoid cookies. The strikeouts help conjure up all sorts of statistical joy: A 4.04 FIP, 3.67 xFIP, and 3.60 SIERA.

Which is neat, and liable to encourage people to think that Capuano was just betrayed by ill fortune, and slow fielders, and maybe his ballparks and maybe a few black helicopters while we’re at it. You can see where this comes from, because rate metrics like xFIP run off aggregate numbers. Unfortunately, they’re blind to the fact of life that while Capuano’s effectiveness only goes so far into a ballgame. He might be effective once through the order, and more than a bit less so twice through the order. But a starting pitcher doesn’t give you six innings just going through the order twice in a game; he doesn’t even give you five innings all that often.

Honestly, at this point I'm more concerned that the Dodgers won't be able to field a 25-man team next year. If ownership weren't so screwed up, I'd be madder about this deal; but as it is, I really couldn't care less, because the men occupying the Dodger uniforms in 2012 will be mannequins to me, placeholders until the real work of rebuilding can start.

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