Los Angeles Dodgers: Chris Capuano Looks to Continue Scoreless Innings Streak

Joe ChaconContributor IIIMay 11, 2012

Chris Capuano
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The Los Angeles Dodgers have come back to earth as of late. Over their last five games, they are 5-5, and Matt Kemp's batting average has dropped 40 points from .425 to .385.

Even with a slight lull in their winning ways, they still have a five-game lead over San Francisco in the National League West.

Colorado visits Chavez Ravine for a three-game series beginning tonight as part of their current eight-game road trip. The Rockies are 3-7 over their last 10 games and have lost five of their last six.

Chris Capuano (4-0, 2.21) will take the hill for the Dodgers against the timeless Jamie Moyer (1-2, 4.01).

Capuano has quietly emerged as one of the top pitchers on the Dodgers pitching staff. Through 31 games played, Capuano and Ted Lilly have combined for an 8-0 record. Capuano (2.21) and Lilly (1.41) are also leading the staff in ERA.

After getting off to a shaky start, in which he allowed eight earned runs over his first 16 innings of the season, Capuano has caught fire. Over his last three games, he has pitched 20.2 innings, giving up one earned run and striking out 21. Even more impressive, those three games were against Atlanta, Washington and the Chicago Cubs.

Capuano brings a consecutive scoreless innings streak of 18.2 into tonight's game. He joked with MLB.com writer Ken Gurnick after his last start against Chicago, saying, "Look out, Orel Hershiser. Only about 40 more."