Browsing Posts tagged Chris Capuano

Hiroki Kuroda, who turns 40-years-old in February, will return to his old team, the Hiroshima Toyo Carp, for the 2015 season. Over the past few seasons, Kuroda has contemplated retirement, but has returned to take the $12-$15 million offered by the Yankees. After four years with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Kuroda joined the Yankees during the 2012 season. Kuroda went 38-33 with a 3.44 ERA during his time tenure with the Yankees. At face value, these numbers do not justify Kuroda’s impact with the Yankees since he rarely received substantial run support. While Kuroda’s numbers do not rank with baseball’s elite, Kuroda was reliable, durable, and consistent for a team that desperately needed it. Kuroda threw 620 innings over his three seasons in New York.

CC Sabathia, Mashario Tanaka, and Michael Pineda are (hopefully) locks for the 2015 rotation while Ivan Nova, Chris Capuano, and Nathan Eovaldi will duke it out for the back half of the rotation. Max Scherzer is still available, but reports suggest that the Yankees will not be on him.

Kuroda didn’t generate many headlines with the Yankees, but he was an innings-eater that covered up a lot of holes in the rotation. The Yankees enter the 2015 season with question marks all over their rotation, so losing their only consistent starter, hurts. Still, Kuroda is 40-years-old, so fans couldn’t expect his string of consistent seasons to last forever. I’ll respect Kuroda as a respectable, professional starting pitcher that always gave his best effort. Enjoy Japan, Hiroki!

The New York Mets were defeated by the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 in a 13 inning marathon Tuesday night. Chris Capuano pitched six innings allowing three runs on five hits and a walk while striking out nine. The bullpen couldn’t secure a 4-3 lead in the ninth inning. The Mets offense had chances in the ninth and thirteenth innings to walk-off, but couldn’t push the envelope. In the end, the deciding run scored on a squeeze play in the top of the thirteenth. With one game remaining in the 2011 season, the Mets fall to 76-85. 

Reyes jogged around the bases twice on Tuesday night.

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The New York Mets were defeated by the Cincinnati Reds 6-5 on Monday night. Chris Schwinden pitched five innings allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk while striking out five. The Mets offense rallied for three runs in the third inning to take a 3-2 lead. With a 4-3 lead heading into the seventh inning, Tim Byrdak and Josh Stinson gave up three runs to put them down by two. The Mets fell short a run as their record goes to 76-84 on the season.

When Reyes' uniform is dirty, you know he had a huge game.

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The Mets got to play spoiler today, and threw a major wrench into the Cardinals’ postseason hopes.  With their 6-run 9th, the Mets rallied from a 6-2 deficit and left the Cards 2 games behind Atlanta for the wild card.  The Mets themselves improved their record to 74-82.

Later, Cap (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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The New York Mets were defeated by the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 on Wednesday night. Chris Schwinden quickly put the Mets in a hole 3-0 through the first two innings. The offense battled back to score four runs in the top of the third to take a 4-3 lead. Schwinden settled down to pitch six innings, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five. However, the bullpen let up three runs in the seventh inning to put them behind again. Willie Harris narrowed the deficit to one run in the top of the ninth, but the Mets couldn’t push another run across. They have lost nine of their last eleven games and fall to 73-82 on the season. 

Bullpen couldn't secure Schwinden's first career win.

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The New York Mets defeated the Atlanta Braves 12-2 on Friday night at Turner Field. They immediately put up four runs in the first inning against pitcher Derek Lowe. Chris Capuano gave back two of those runs in his first two frames, but settled down to pitch five solid innings. The Mets had twenty hits in the ballgame, as five batters came through with at least three hits. With the victory, they snap a six-game losing streak.

Wright turns his frustration into homeruns.

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For the second straight night, the Mets took a 4-3 lead into the 9th.  For the second straight night, their closer blew the save.  This time, however, they didn’t emerge with the “W.”  Aramis Ramirez played the hero in this one, singling in the tying and winning runs with 2 outs, off Bobby Parnell.  His 5th blown save on the year drops the Mets to 71-74.  The Mets’ bats showed their usual late-game fight in this one: down 3-0 in the 8th, they scored 4 to stake Parnell to the lead.  Unfortunately, he’s got a little way to go before he earns the right to be called their closer.

Mean face. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

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The New York Mets defeated the Florida Marlins 3-2 on Wednesday night at CitiField. A late inning rally and strong pitching out of the bullpen handed the Mets a victory. Lucas Duda singled in the lead runner in the seventh inning to put the Mets up by a run. Chris Capuano went the minimum and Manny Acosta earned the win in relief to give them a 65-69 record to date. 

Terry Collins has always made a point to defend his players this season.

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The New York Mets were defeated by the Florida Marlins on Tuesday night at CitiField. What started off as a pitcher’s duel led to a easy win for the Marlins. A five-run seventh inning gave them a devastating edge over the Mets. Mike Pelfrey took his eleventh loss of the season as the Mets fall to 64-69 on the year.

What a rough end for Mike Pelfrey's night!Associated Press

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The New York Mets defeated the Atlanta Braves in a 6-0 victory Friday night. The Mets offense compiled fourteen hits, while Chris Capuano pitched a complete game two-hitter. They are now 62-68 on the season and look to turn their success into a winning streak on Monday.

Capuano pumps his fist after the best start of his career.

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