It’ll be interesting to see how he does next year, when he’s another year removed from surgery. In innings 1-5 he had a 3.64 era (in ~154 innings). In the 6th/7th inning, he had an era of 9.55 (in ~30 innings).
It could be that he’s simply a 5 inning pitcher, or it could be that he’ll have more stamina with further separation from his surgery.
Comment by vivalajeter — December 3, 2011 @ 2:23 pm
While I was not a fan of it… pejorative? Would you prefer “concrete jungle?” It’s a play on words (well, acronyms) on the fact that Los Angeles is abbreviated to LA. LA LA Land. It strikes me as more whimsical than pejorative.
I’d sure prefer that term applied to my city than Bean-town (I mean seriously, WTF? We haven’t been a major bean producer in over 100 years and being associated with beans is seldom flattering). If Angelinos can’t survive their town being referred to as LaLa, I’m not going to give the Lakers very good odds this year if basketball ever resumes…
He got better as the year went on, and didn’t show much of a platoon split. My one concern would be that while both Dodgers Stadium and Citi are pitcher’s parks, Citi is much better at suppressing home runs, and Capuano can give up a fair amount of hard contact when the Change isn’t sharp.
Comment by Jeffrey Paternostro — December 3, 2011 @ 6:33 pm
“Then again, Dodgers Stadium isn’t exactly a hitters haven, and according to research by Jeffrey Gross over at The Hardball Times, it actually allows a lower rate of home runs on outfield fly balls than does Citi Field. Per Gross’s article, Dodgers Stadium was close to the bottom in this regard, while Citi Field hovered around the middle.”
I honestly don’t think they expect to contend. I think htey just acquired enough stop gaps to hold the team together until all of the bad mones comes off the books after 2013 and the new owner can go nuts on spending (Lilly, Uribe, Guerrier, Rivera, Capuano, Ellis).
It’s kind of ridiculous that they straight up wasted money on awful players like Ellis, Treanor, Rivera and Kennedy, leading to them not being able to afford Kuroda, a very good pitcher who really wants to play there. This Dodgers offseason is idiocy.
Adding up all the meaningless singning where a league-min young player likely could put up around the same production (i.e. Rivera, Ellis, Treanor, Capuano, Kennedy — about $10MM) and Loney’s likely arbitration salary (about $7MM)…the Dodgers could have found enough money to cover the first year of Prince Fielder’s deal.
Colletti blows money in all the wrong places and then gets a pass because the team is purportedly financially strapped. Nobody does less with more than Colletti. He is the anti-Friedman.