Mattingly confident lefty Capuano can regain form

Mattingly confident lefty Capuano can regain form

Mattingly confident lefty Capuano can regain form
LOS ANGELES -- One of the Dodgers' biggest surprises through the first half of the season was the resurgence of Chris Capuano. The veteran lefty, who signed a two-year deal in the offseason, opened the season 7-1 with a 2.14 ERA through the first two months.

Since then, the numbers have declined dramatically, and Capuano is 11-10 with a 3.63 ERA. He is 2-6 with a 4.91 ERA in 10 starts since the All-Star break.

Capuano was in line for his third straight loss on Sunday when he was taken out after only five innings.

The veteran was sharp for the most part, allowing only three runs, which came off a pair of homers.

"Physically I feel good and I'm trying to battle and compete the best I can," Capuano said. "I've just got to cut down on those couple of mistakes.

"In the second half, there have been a couple of pitches here and there that I haven't executed when I need to. I don't know if I'm trying too hard and trying to make the perfect pitch."

Oftentimes not the recipient of much run support, Capuano said pressing is sometimes an issue, especially when he gets ahead 0-2 on batters.

However, manager Don Mattingly is not concerned because Capuano continues to keep the Dodgers in games.

Although the numbers, especially the win-loss record, don't look great, Capuano hasn't underwhelmed every time out since the break.

He looked great in his only two victories -- a seven-inning, three-run start against the Mets and a scoreless eight innings against the Marlins. But then there are starts like the two before Sunday's when he combined to allow 12 runs in just 11 innings.

While Capuano is hopeful he can limit mistakes over the next month, Mattingly isn't too worried.

"For me, it always goes back to him being aggressive," Mattingly said. "That means using his fastball enough to pitch off of it."