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Capps' role hardly the problem

Jul 27, 2009, 5:37 PM EDT

I liked this line from Tim Brown’s Yahoo column over the weekend:

Matt Capps’ ERA is pretty ugly these days, but more than one scout
believes he could be miscast in the closer role and could be very
useful as a setup man.

The ugly ERA is right, as Capps is currently sitting at 6.00 in 33
innings. But the role being the problem? Capps is 20-for-22 saving
games. He has a 3.86 ERA in save situations and a 9.75 ERA in non-save
situations.

Capps’ problem is that his command has gone from exceptional to
mediocre. He’s always lacked a true strikeout pitch, and that he’s been
a well above average reliever over the course of his career is due
mostly to his ability to spot his low-90s fastball. It’s hard to see
how a role change will help his ability to paint the outside corner.

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