The Los Angeles Dodgers already have the reigning National League Cy Young award winner in left-hander Clayton Kershaw. They have another lefty, though, who is pitching like he wants to earn some hardware of his own. Chris Capuano will try to improve on his career-best 6-1 start when the Dodgers host the Houston Astros on Sunday. Capuano is working on a streak of seven straight quality starts and has a 1.56 ERA since April 12. He is 4-0 with a 1.38 ERA at home.
The Dodgers, who have won 11 of their last 15 games and are a major league-best 31-15, won 6-3 Saturday on A.J. Ellis’ three-run homer in the ninth. Los Angeles leads San Francisco by 7½ games in the National League West, the largest margin in any division.
The Astros, who had their season-high four-game winning streak snapped Saturday, send left-hander J.A. Happ to the mound. He has won his last two starts – against the Cubs and Brewers.
Astros Dodgers Betting
When: 4:10 PM ET, Sunday, May 27, 2012
Where: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California
TV: 4:10 p.m. ET, Prime Ticket (Los Angeles)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Astros LH J.A. Happ (4-3, 4.56 ERA) vs. Dodgers LH Chris Capuano (6-1, 2.25)
Happ has allowed only one run covering 12 innings in his last two outings after yielding five earned runs in each of his previous two starts. Happ allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings in Houston’s 3-1 loss to Los Angeles on April 20. The Dodgers’ roster is 20-for-48 against Happ, who is among the NL leaders in home runs allowed with nine.
Capuano allowed one run in six innings in the Dodgers’ 4-1 victory at Arizona on Monday. He has allowed two or fewer runs in seven of his nine starts and hasn’t allowed more than six hits in an outing. Capuano is 6-4 with a 3.34 ERA in 14 games against Houston. The Astros’ roster is 13-for-37 against Capuano as Chris Snyder is 5-for-7 with a homer and five RBIs while Carlos Lee is 3-for-14.
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1. The Astros are 22-24; they were 16-30 after 46 games last season.
2. Matt Kemp will play two games with Triple-A Albuquerque on Sunday and Monday before rejoining Los Angeles on Tuesday. The Dodgers are 8-4 since he went on the disabled list with a hamstring injury.
3. Houston has hit 27 homers in 26 home games, but only eight in its 20 road contests.