The Battle Of Well-Rested Pitchers

Kenley Jansen went a full week without pitching.

The Dodgers look to even their Freeway Series with the Angels in Anaheim on Saturday afternoon, and they send lefty Chris Capuano to the mound, looking for his ninth win of the season. Ervin Santana gets the call for the Angels, in a battle of well rested starters each coming off their best game of the year.

Capuano struck out 12 in eight innings against the Chicago White Sox last Sunday, picking up a no-decision while allowing just one run. Saturday is Capuano's seventh start this season on five days rest. In his previous six such starts, he has allowed five total runs, going 4-0 with a 1.08 ERA, nine walks, and 43 strikeouts in 41 2/3 innings.

Santana is even more rested, as he last pitched one week ago today. He took a perfect game into the seventh inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks, settling for a one-hit shutout with one walk and five strikeouts. That was a vast improvement over his previous four starts, in which Santana allowed 23 runs in 20 1/3 innings, with 15 walks, 11 strikeouts, and six home runs allowed.

Speaking of well rested pitchers, Kenley Jansen last pitched eight days ago. He pitched in all three games against the Angels last week at Dodger Stadium, taking two losses, and also pitched the series opener against the Chicago White Sox on June 15. But Jansen has been on the sidelines for the last six games, with no leads to protect, as the Dodgers have lost five of their last six games with their only victory coming via a ninth-inning comeback and 10th-inning walk-off last Sunday.

Game Time: 4:15 p.m.

TV: Fox

MLB Gameday

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