Chris Capuano was victorious in his return to Milwaukee tonight. He did a great job again and, this time, got just enough run support to get a win. He went 6 innings allowing only a Prince Fielder solo shot to center field. The bullpen cleaned up with three perfect innings. Pedro Beato, Jason Isringhausen, and K-Rod didn’t allow a batter to reach base after taking over for Capuano. It was exactly how the Mets would have drawn it up.
The Mets didn’t do a lot on offense. They only had 5 hits and 5 walks in the game. But Jose Reyes came through with a 2-run triple in the seventh inning. He may have scored on an infield play but got thrown out at the plate and didn’t slide.
It’s a good start to the three game series in Milwaukee against a hot Brewers team.
New York Mets (28-31) at Milwaukee Brewers (34-26) 8:10pm
Chris Capuano (3-6 5.19) vs. Shaun Marcum (6-2 2.78)
TV: ESPN Radio: WFAN
What to watch: The Brewers are coming off a 4-game sweep of the Marlins in Florida. They’re playing really well this year and are only 1.5 games behind the Cardinals in the NL Central. And Marcum is pitching really well too. He’s 6-1 in his last seven decisions. His last start was a no-decision loss in Cincinnati when he went 7 IP and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits.
Capuano returns to Milwaukee where he spent the last five years pitching for the Brewers. He has lost his last two decisions and has pitched better than his record. The bullpen hasn’t helped him and when he has pitched well, he hasn’t gotten run support. His record and ERA are atrocious but he hasn’t gotten a lot of help.
The Mets lost a terrible game in the late innings again after a solid start by Chris Capuano although his line doesn’t show it. The Mets were up 2-0 after six innings. In the seventh, the Pirates strung together an inconceivable number of infield hits. They scored 5 runs in the inning. It was compounded by a couple of bad plays at third base by Willie Harris. Granted, he’s not an everyday third baseman. But he looked like it was the first game he’s ever played there tonight.
On offense the Mets had 10 hits and 2 walks but they left 7 runners on base. They’ve had a lot of trouble scoring lately and that didn’t change tonight. Although Justin Turner hit a garbage time home run in the eighth inning to break the Mets 10 game homerless drought. Jason Bay and Willie Harris were hearing the boo’s tonight too. Bay was 0 for 4 with 2 K’s. Harris was 1 for 4 with 3 K’s.
The Pirates are 2-1 in the series and the Mets need a win to split the series tomorrow afternoon.
Pittsburgh Pirates (25-28) at New York Mets (25-29) 7:10pm
Kevin Correia (7-4 3.44) vs. Chris Capuano (3-5 4.94)
TV: SNY Radio: WFAN
What to watch: Correia has been having quite a season for the Pirates. He’s been having some great starts but he has been hit hard a couple of times. The Nationals, Dodgers, and Brewers have hit him but the Mets don’t have much offense so they could be in trouble against him.
The Mets are 3-6 when Capuano starts this season. He was 1-3 in May but should have had a better record. In his three losses, the Mets scored 4 runs behind him. Expect the Pirates right handed hitters to tee off on him. Righties are hitting .312 against him this year.
The Mets were playing from behind for most of the game but they managed to get the lead 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh, only to give it back in the top of the eighth. This game was characterized by a nice start by Chris Capuano and some sloppy play in the field. Capuano went 6 innings and only allowed 1 earned run on 78 pitches. He was efficient and had 8 strikeouts and only 1 walk.
The Mets offense had 14 hits and 2 walks but they left 10 runners on base. Once again, Justin Turner was on fire going 4 for 5 with an RBI and he’s just hitting shots from line to line.
The sloppy play in the field was capped by Daniel Murphy allowing a ground ball to get past him in the ninth inning. It would have been the second out and prevented the lead run from scoring. It wasn’t scored an error but Murphy should have made the play. It seemed to open the flood gates for the rest of the inning.
Philadelphia Phillies (31-19) at New York Mets (23-26) 7:10pm
Roy Oswalt (3-2 2.77) vs. Chris Capuano (3-5 5.36)
TV: SNY Radio: WFAN
What to watch: The first place Phillies arrive in town for the first time this season with a 1 game lead in the division over the Marlins. The just took three of four games from the Reds in Philly and are probably thinking they can take this series in New York.
Oswalt has made 7 starts this season and the Phils are 3-4 in those starts although he’s pitched well and should have 6 wins by now. He’s allowed 2 runs or less in 6 of 7 starts so it won’t be easy tonight.
Capuano, on the other hand, got hit by the Yankees in his last start for 6 runs in 5.1 innings. He’s had some good starts but mostly against second division teams. He’s the kind of starter that gets eaten alive by teams with a good offense.
New York Mets (22-22) at New York Yankees (21-20) 7:10pm
Chris Capuano (3-4 4.78) vs. A.J. Burnett (4-3 3.99)
TV: Fox Radio: WFAN
What to watch: The Mets can take the series with a win tonight at Yankee Stadium. Capuano has made three good starts in a row although two of those games were losses for him. Over that span he’s allowed 6 runs in 18 innings for an ERA of 3.00.
Bunett hasn’t won a game this month and got ripped in his last start for 6 runs in 5.2 innings by the Rays. The Yankees have lost the last three games that Burnett started.