We get to see an old friend today as Chris Capuano (9-11, 4.58) takes the mound for the Mets. Capuano, of course, played in the Brewers organization from 2004-2010 after being acquired from the Diamondbacks in the Richie Sexson trade. After making it back to the majors last season following Tommy John surgery, Capuano was not re-signed by the Brewers and instead took his services to the Mets this season. Capuano might actually be having the finest season of his career as both his 4.01 FIP and 3.85 xFIP are career best numbers for Cappy. He's also well on his way to pitching the most innings he has since 2006, needing just 10.1 more to top his 150 in 2007.
This season, Capuano has given up almost exactly the same batting average and OBP at home (.277/.332) as on the road (.274/.330) but his opponent slugging percentage has been very different--.393 at home and .505 on the road. As a left handed pitcher, it makes sense that he has been tougher on left handed hitters (.231/.295/.347) than right handers (.288/.341/.480).
Capuano throws three different pitches: An 88 MPH four seamer about 60% of the time, a 78 MPH changeup about 27% of the time and an 80 MPH slider about 13% of the time. Capuano has faced two current Brewers at least ten times. In 20 PA, Jerry Hairston has a .250/.250/.400 line and in 17 PA Felipe Lopez has a .429/.529/.714 line against Capuano.
For the Brewers, Randy Wolf (10-8, 3.30) will be making the start, hoping to continue one of the better seasons of his career. Wolf currently has a 4.22 FIP and a 4.40 xFIP. He has been nothing short of excellent his last two starts, going eight innings in both while allowing one run to the Cardinals and shutting out the Dodgers.
Wolf has faced five current Mets at least ten times. Here is how they've fared:
RF Corey Hart
CF Jerry Hairston Jr.
LF Ryan Braun
1B Prince Fielder
3B Casey McGehee
SS Yuniesky Betancourt
2B Josh Wilson
C George Kottaras
LHP Randy Wolf
In the Bullpen:
Kameron Loe pitched two innings (32 pitches) Thursday and 1 inning (21 pitches) yesterday.
Frankie De La Cruz pitched one inning (23 pitches) Thursday and 1 inning (17 pitches) yesterday.
Tim Dillard pitched one inning (22 pitches) Thursday.
John Axford pitched 1 inning (20 pitches) Wednesday.
LaTroy Hawkins pitched 1 inning (18 pitches) Wednesday.
Takashi Saito last pitched on Tuesday.
Francisco Rodriguez last pitched on Saturday.