For as good as the Dodgers pitching staff has been, fifth starter Chris Capuano has struggled at times and been the weakest link. Signed to a two-year deal after Tommy John surgery last season, Capuano had to fight for his job in spring training and beat out veterans Aaron Harang and Ted Lilly.

However, after lasting five innings last night and giving up 15 runs in his last four starts, Capuano’s spot in the rotation is shaky at best. J.P. Hoonstra of the Los Angeles News Group talked to Don Mattingly about his rotation spot:

During his time in the Dodgers rotation, Capuano is 4-7 with a 4.74 ERA and hasn’t won a game since August 3 against the Chicago Cubs. Meanwhile, with rosters set to expand in five days, the Dodgers have Stephen Fife at Triple A and fans have been clamoring for Mattingly to insert him in place of Cap.

In nine starts this season, Fife is 4-3 with a 2.47 ERA, but has spent time recently dealing with inflammation in his right shoulder that put him on the disabled list. Since the Dodgers seem to not need Fife in the rotation, he’s been working in relief with Triple A Albuquerque and unfortunately hasn’t been finding much success.

Pitching just 4.1 innings, Fife allowed ten runs and many wonder whether or not he’s psychically fine at the moment. While things can definitely change, it sounds like Capuano will continue to get the ball every fifth day.


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  1. Dodgers-Reds Preview: Potential Playoff Matchup Ends Non-NL West Play | Dodgers Nation

    […] Capuano gets the ball in the first game of the series and he must have a good outing because he’s winless in his last five starts. The Reds are good offensively as they rank 7th in on base percentage with a .328 mark. The Dodgers know what to expect from Clayton Kershaw and Zach Greinke in game two and three of the series, but if Capuano can give the Dodgers six or seven solid innings of work, they’ll have a great opportunity to steal game one. […]


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