Tip your cap to Capuano

Chris Capuano

Chris Capuano

#38 SP
New York Mets

2011 STATS

  • GM11
  • W3

  • L5

  • BB16

  • K47

  • ERA4.94

Here’s great news if you’re Sandy Alderson: starter Chris Capuano said he felt as healthy as he’s been all year on Friday against the Phillies.

Capuano started just nine games in the past three seasons due to injuries. But after allowing just one earned run on four hits in six innings, Capuano said he felt “great.”

That would be music to Alderson’s ears. The GM has dealt with injuries to Chris Young, David Wright, Ike Davis, Angel Pagan and Bobby Parnell, among others. Not to mention the fact that Johan Santana probably won’t be back until August.

But hey, at least Capuano is healthy.

The right-hander struck out the first four Phillies he faced on Friday night. He finished with eight strikeouts.

His only mistake was hanging a changeup to pitcher Roy Oswalt, who singled and drove in John Mayberry in the fifth.

Terry Collins lifted Capuano for pinch-hitter Willie Harris in the sixth even though he’d thrown just 78 pitches, 50 strikes.

He said afterward that he understood the move.

“I understand,” he said. “At that point in the game, runs are at a premium.”