Dodgers vs Angels Pre-Game: Capuano Tries to End Slide

The Dodgers will look to bounce back tonight against the Angels after blowing a 5-0 lead in Game One of the series last night. The Dodgers are also looking to put an end to their four-game losing streak, which has moved the San Francisco Giants to just three games behind them in the division standings.

Fortunately, the Dodgers will have left-hander Chris Capuano on the bump tonight, who has been the most consistent pitcher in the rotation so far this season. The numbers don’t lie, as he has an 8-2 record with a 2.71 ERA in 14 starts. In his last start against the Chicago White Sox, he had arguably his best start as a Dodger, going eight innings, allowing six hits, one run, and tying his season-high with 12 strikeouts.

However, on June 11 against the Angels at Dodger Stadium, Capuano went only five innings, allowing eight hits, two runs, and walked four in a 3-2 loss. So revenge will certainly be on the mind of Chris Capuano when he takes the mound tonight, at Angel Stadium.

The Angels will send their right-hander Ervin Santana to the mound to face the inconsistent Dodgers offense. Santana is coming off of his best start of the season against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The baseball world quickly took notice of his last start, when he took a perfect game into the seventh inning. Call me a jinx, because right as I tuned in to watch the game, bam, base hit to center field. Still, it was an impressive start as he pitched a complete game and allowed only that one hit.

That Santana doesn’t always show up though, on the season he is 4-7 with a 5.16 ERA in 14 starts. Those numbers won’t mean a thing though if Santana is pitching anything like he did against the Diamondbacks because then it will be a very long night for the Dodgers offense.

Los Angeles Dodgers (42-29) at Anaheim Angels (39-32)
Chris Capuano (8-2, 2.71) vs. Ervin Santana (4-7, 5.16)
Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California
4:15 p.m. PST, June 23, 2012
TV: FOX
Radio: 570 AM (English), 1020 AM (Spanish)
Game-Time Weather: 73 degrees, Mostly Sunny

Angels Projected Starters:
P: Ervin Santana
C: Bobby Wilson
1B: Albert Pujols
2B: Howie Kendrick
SS: Erick Aybar
3B: Alberto Callaspo
LF: Mark Trumbo
CF: Mike Trout
RF: Torii Hunter
DH: Kendrys Morales
Key Bench Players: IF Maicer Izturis, OF Peter Bourjos
For more information on the Angels, check out our pre-series report.
Dodgers Last 10: (3-7): L @ ANA, L @ OAK, L @ OAK, L @ OAK, W vs CHW, L vs CHW, W vs CHW, L vs ANA, W vs ANA, L vs ANA.
Angels Last 10: (7-3): W vs LA, W vs SF, W vs SF, L vs SF, W vs ARI, W vs ARI, L vs ARI, W @ LA, L @ LA, W @ LA

Key to a Dodger Victory:

If the Dodgers can get off to a quick 5-0 lead like they did last night that would be huge. This time Capuano will be pitching, so you shouldn’t expect those five runs to go to waste. Also, this offense needs to show signs of consistency with another five runs or more because before last night this offense looked dead in Oakland. If Santana isn’t throwing his ace-type-stuff tonight expect the Dodgers to hit the long ball a few times, as Santana is tied for third in the major leagues with 18 home runs allowed already this season.

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