Saturday, December 22, 2012

A look at Dodgers - Capuano and Harang

It appears that the Dodgers have too many starting pitchers and could look to trade one of them.  The two discussed the most are Chris Capuano and Aaron Harang, since the Mets are in the market for a starting pitcher here is a rundown of the two.

We all remember Chris Capuano who in 2011 made 31 starts ( 186 innings) going 11-12 with a 4.55 ERA / 1.34 WHIP.  Last year with the Dodgers he made 33 starts ( 198 innings) going 12-12 with a 3.72 ERA / 1.22 WHIP.  Cappy is signed through this year for 6 M and then next year there is an 8M mutual option with a 1M buyout.  Capuano will be 34 y/o this season and a multi- TJ surgery returnee, he's only a five inning pitcher at this point but he did show some improvement as his stamina continues to build.

Aaron Harang is a right handed version of Cappy, the 34 y/o pitched his first full season last year after several injury shortened season.  In his first year with the Dodgers Harang made 31 starts ( 179 innings) with an ERA 3.61 / WHIP 1.40.  He's owed 7M this season and has a 7.5M mutual option with a 2 M buyout for next year.  The year before in San Diego Harang made only 28 starts but went deeper into games pitching 170 innings with a 14-7 record and a 3.64 ERA.

2005-2006 seasons Harang was a back to back 16 game winner as the ace of the Reds staff, his ERA for those two seasons was 3.75 and in 2006 he was 4th in the CY Young voting.  In 2005 Capuano was an 18 game winner with a 3.99 ERA as the ace of the Brewers staff and in 2006 he was selected to the All-Star team going 10-4 with a 3.72 ERA in the first half.