If the All-Star campaigns of Kemp, Kershaw and Ethier are somewhat predictable, Chris Capuano’s bid to turn The Three Amigos into The Four Horsemen is anything but.
The Dodgers’ starting rotation was arguably the team's biggest question mark coming into this season behind Kershaw. As the team’s fifth starter, Capuano has not only been a terrific bookend to the NL’s reigning Cy Young winner, but a virtual mirror image.
Capuano ranks 14th in the NL in ERA (2.34), T-19th in WHIP (1.08), 12th in strikeouts (45), and T-13th in IP (50), while tying for second in wins (5).
On the surface, those numbers don’t scream All-Star. But for a 33-year-old entering only his second full season as a starter following a second Tommy John surgery, the results couldn’t be more spectacular.
He proved in 2011 that his arm could handle the workload of a full-time starter by pitching 186 innings over 31 starts. If the early 2012 results prove to be sustainable, that arm could earn a couple more innings of work in Kansas City this summer.