Chris Capuano (7-2, 2.50) vs. Kyle Kendrick (2-4. 4.02).
After losing six of our last seven, I had prepared myself for a total meltdown in Philadelphia. The fact that we will leave Philly not having lost this series, and enter a weekend series with Seattle still in first place, is a pleasant surprise. Elian Herrera has been a wonderful surprise in these first two games. Dee Gordon's run-scoring triple Monday was also a great surprise. Juan Pierre's botched catch at the wall yesterday was not a surprise, but was awesome. Basically, two games into this four-game series, I'm shaking my head, but smiling at the same time.
And that brings us to Capuano, whose last outing was disastrous. In Kendrick, we face a pitcher whom mlb.com says "has not surrendered more than two runs in any of his starts," though the baseball-reference.com gamelogs say a different story. In fact, that 3.0 IP, 11 H, 7 ER outing @ Arizona on April 23 sure stands out as a surprise. Maybe tonight will be pleasant, as well.
Oh yeah, and GO KINGS!!!