As the Dodgers look to change their fortunes on Friday night against the Cardinals, Chris Capuano will make a milestone start of sorts.
Capuano will make his 30th start of the season, his second straight season reaching the plateau after missing two and a half years recovering from Tommy John surgery. at 180 2/3 innings pitched, Capuano needs 5 1/3 innings to match last season's innings total with the Mets. With likely four starts left his season, Capuano has a good chance at reaching 200 innings for the first time since 2006, and the third time in his career.
After a 9-4 record and a 2.91 ERA in 18 starts before the All-Star break, Capuano has a 4.67 ERA and a 2-6 record since the break. His strikeouts are down in the second half (from 22.1% of batters faced to 19.2%), but his unintentional walks are way down (from 7.7% to 3.5%). Capuano has just 15 unintentional walks in his last 16 starts, and 87 strikeouts.
Corona native and former UC Riverside pitcher Joe Kelly gets the start for the Cardinals, his second against the Dodgers this season. Kelly gave up three runs in six innings in a loss at Busch Stadium on July 23, with all three runs coming on a three-run home run by Luis Cruz.
Game Time: 7:10 p.m.
TV: Prime Ticket