Christopher Frank Capuano
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 3", Weight 210 lb.
- School Duke University
- High School Cathedral High School (West Springfield, MA)
- Debut May 4, 2003
Capuano won a career-high 18 games in 2005; it was the 4th best total in the National League that year. He was an All-Star in 2006, when he went 11-12, 4.03. In 2007, he started strongly, but then lost 12 consecutive games from May 13th to August 30th as the Milwaukee Brewers fell out of first place in the NL Central. He was then out of the major leagues in 2008 and 2009 because of an injury, then began a comeback in 2010. He pitched 24 games, including 9 starts for the Brewers that year, going 4-4, 3.95 in 66 innings. Now healthy again, he moved to the new York Mets as a free agent in 2011¸and was one of the team's most reliable starters, going 11-12, 4.55 in 33 games.
Capuano signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Dodgers before the 2012 season and had a tremendous start for his new team, going 7-1 with a 2.14 ERA over his first 10 starts. He cooled down after, finishing the year at 12-12, 3.72. His 33 starts were tied for most in the National League, and his 198 1/3 innings were the most he had pitched since twice topping 200 innings with the Brewers in the mid-2000s. Still, he was unable to retain his spot in the starting rotation at the start of the 2013 season, as the Dodgers had gone on a shopping spree over the previous months. He was reinstated as a starter after Zack Greinke broke his collarbone in an on-field fight on April 11th, but in his first start of the year on April 16th, he had to leave the game in the 3rd inning because of a strained left calf. He was placed on the disabled list the next day, and it was learned that, ironically, his injury had been sustained in the bench-clearing brawl in which Greinke had been injured as well. He aggravated the injury, suffering a partial tear, when he sprinted to cover first base in his start. He was back on May 6th and made 6 starts in May before returning to the DL for a second time with a strained muscle. He returned to action on June 19th and recorded a win over the New York Yankees in his first game back, 6-0, giving up 3 hits and no runs in 6 innings. He finished the year at 4-7, 4.26 in 24 games (20 starts), pitching 105 2/3 innings. He made one appearance in the postseason, the first of his career, and it was a good one. In Game 3 of the NLDS against the Atlanta Braves on October 6th, he relieved starter Hyun-Jin Ryu in the top of the 4th after Ryu had been lifted for a pinch-hitter. The Dodgers were ahead 6-4, and Capuano managed to quiet the Braves' bats over the middle third of the game, allowing no hits and no runs over the next three innings. When he left the game, the score was now 10-3 for L.A., and he got credit for the win.
He signed on with the Boston Red Sox just as spring training was getting under way in 2014. The Sox had just learned that P Ryan Dempster would sit out the season and were looking for another experienced hurler with a similar profile to take Dempster's place. He was used solely as a reliever by the Red Sox, logging 31 2/3 innings of work in 28 appearances, with a 1-1 record and an ERA of 4.55. With the Red Sox heading nowhere, he was released on July 1st and signed with the Colorado Rockies, who assigned him to the minors. After 4 solid starts between the AA Tulsa Drillers and AAA Colorado Springs SkySox, during which he went a combined 1-0, 2.79, he was purchased by the New York Yankees on July 24th. He was impressive in his Yankees debut on July 26th, giving up only two runs to the Toronto Blue Jays in 6 innings, although he ended up with a no-decision in a 6-4 Yankees loss. he went 2-3, 4.25 in 12 starts for New York, pitching 65 2/3 innings.
The Yankees were impressed enough with Chris's late-season performance in 2014 to re-sign him for 2015¸ and he headed to spring training penciled in as the team's fifth starter. However, he left an exhibition contest on March 11th in the 1st inning, victim of a strained quadriceps on a fielding play and was likely to miss the start of the season as a result.
- NL All-Star (2006)
- 15 Wins Seasons: 1 (2005)
- 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 2 (2005 & 2006)