There was as best I can tell at least 24 free agents signed this past off season as MLB Starters. Among them was NY Mets starter Chris Capuano. Below is a breakdown to see how Capuano has fared against those other 23 signings.1st here are the 24 free agent starters that signed this past off season.
  1. Cliff Lee, PHI
  2. Carl Pavano, MIN
  3. Hiroki Kuroda, LAD
  4. Jeff Francis, KCR
  5. Kevin Correia, PIT
  6. Jake Westbrook, STL
  7. Chris Capuano, NYM
  8. Brad Penny, DET
  9. Javier Vazquez, FLA
  10. Aaron Harang, SDP
  11. Bartolo Colon, NYY
  12. Freddy Garcia, NYY
  13. Dustin Moseley, SDP
  14. Erik Bedard, SEA
  15. Bruce Chen, KCR
  16. Jorge de la Rosa, COL
  17. Jon Garland, LAD
  18. Andrew Miller, BOS
  19. Chien-Ming Wang, WSN
  20. Chris Young, NYM
  21. Mark Hendrickson, BAL
  22. Brandon Webb,  TEX
  23. Justin Duchscherer, BAL
  24. Ryan Rowland-Smith,    HOU
Among the 24 that have at least 100 innings pitched Capuano has the 11th best (but at 4.71 "best" is not an accurate description for that poor ERA) ERA.
  1. Cliff Lee - 2.82/ERA
  2. Hiroki Kuroda - 2.88/ERA
  3. Freddy Garcia - 3.16/ERA
  4. Dustin Moseley - 3.30/ERA
  5. Erik Bedard - 3.44/ERA
  6. Bartolo Colon - 3.54/ERA
  7. Aaron Harang - 3.96/ERA
  8. Carl Pavano - 4.52/ERA
  9. Javier Vazquez - 4.67/ERA
  10. Jake Westbrook - 4.70/ERA
  11. Chris Capuano - 4.71/ERA
Among the 24 in innings pitched Capuano ranks 7th.
  1. Cliff Lee - 179.0/IP
  2. Carl Pavano - 167.1/IP
  3. Hiroki Kuroda - 159.1/IP
  4. Jeff Francis - 156.1/IP
  5. Kevin Correia - 154.0/IP
  6. Jake Westbrook - 149.1/IP
  7. Chris Capuano - 145.1/IP
Among the 24 starters 11 have an equal or greater amount of Quality Starts.
  1. Hiroki Kuroda - 18/QS
  2. Cliff Lee - 18/QS
  3. Freddy Garcia - 14/QS
  4. Carl Pavano - 14/QS
  5. Kevin Correia - 13/QS
  6. Jeff Francis - 13/QS
  7. Aaron Harang - 13/QS
  8. Javier Vazquez - 12/QS
  9. Chris Capuano - 11/QS
  10. Bartolo Colon - 11/QS
  11. Brad Penny - 11/QS
  12. Jake Westbrook - 11/QS
Among the 24 Capuano has the 5th best strikeout to walk ratio.
  1. Cliff Lee - 5.11/SO/BB
  2. Bartolo Colon - 3.15/SO/BB
  3. Erik Bedard - 3.06/SO/BB
  4. Hiroki Kuroda - 2.93/SO/BB
  5. Chris Capuano - 2.80/SO/BB
Among the 24 that have at least 100 innings pitched Capuano has the 9th best WHIP.
  1. Cliff Lee - 1.073/WHIP
  2. Erik Bedard - 1.193/WHIP
  3. Hiroki Kuroda - 1.211/WHIP
  4. Bartolo Colon - 1.259/WHIP
  5. Dustin Moseley - 1.275/WHIP
  6. Freddy Garcia - 1.308/WHIP
  7. Javier Vazquez - 1.365/WHIP
  8. Carl Pavano - 1.369/WHIP
  9. Chris Capuano - 1.383/WHIP
Now in his 1st 17 starts this year Capuano has gone at least 6 innings in 12 of them and at least 5 innings in the remaining 2 with 10 quality starts over that stretch. His last 7 starts have not fared nearly as well. Over his last 7 starts Capuano has gone at least 6 innings in 5 of them and at least 5 innings in the remaining 2 but has just 1 quality start and is pitching to a 6.12/ERA during that span by far his worst stretch of the season. Speculation is that his arm may be spent since the last time he pitched as many innings or has started as many games as he currently has this season was way back in 2007 where he had 25/starts over 150/IP.If this trend of bad starts continues remains to be seen but while acknowledging his recent stretch of starts have been bad. Capuano's season as a whole up to now has not been what some may describe as terrible in my opinion all things considered.Click here to view chart full screen.*Note: Statistics used are as of August 22, 2011 at 09:39:55 AM courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com.**Note: Salaries used are courtesy of USA Today.