Fantasy Baseball: Can Chris Capuano Keep Rolling?

Ryan LesterSenior Writer IJuly 17, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 9: Chris Capuano #38 of the New York Mets pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning during a MLB baseball game at AT&T Park July 9, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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In his past seven starts, Chris Capuano is 5-2 with a 2.57 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP and 38 strikeouts in 42 innings. While he’s not moving batters down in Tim Lincecum fashion, he has been consistent in those starts, striking out five batters on five occasions and six and seven respectively in his other two starts.

His recent success is great, but can the pitcher that started the year 3-6 with a 5.19 rear his ugly head?

Capuano was a solid 4-4 with a 3.95 ERA in 24 appearances, nine of which were starts, last year. He barely pitched in 2009 (nine innings of rookie ball) and missed 2008 entirely. If you go all the way back to 2005, Capuano was 18-12 with a 3.99 ERA.

One thing going for Capuano is his consistency. He is 3-4 at home with a 4.04 ERA and 5-5 on the road with a 4.19 ERA. Five of his past seven starts have come on the road, meaning that the bulk of his turnaround has come away from Citi Field.

Capuano could stand to do even better with some improved luck. His .312 BABIP is among the worst in the league. Last year Capuano was at .290. As you might expect, his BABIP has been going down as his ERA improves. In April when he was struggling it was .349. It dipped to .296 in May, .305 in June and is currently .278 in July.

I understand if you don’t want to outright own him on your fantasy team, but he’s a solid stream option. He doesn’t make a bad play at home tomorrow against Florida.

If you’re looking for a two-start pitcher, he actually faces the Marlins both home and away this week. I wouldn’t use him religiously, but if the matchup was right, he’d be worth a shot.

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