Capuano needs one win to join Teddy Higuera, Mike Caldwell and Jim Colborn as the only pitchers in Brewers history to reach 19 victories. Capuano, who still has an outside shot at winning 20, is trying to become Milwaukee’s first 19-game winner since Higuera won 20 in 1986.
Brewers manager Ed Yost said that if Capuano wins Wednesday against Cincinnati, he would start the Brewers’ final game of the season on three days’ rest to give him a chance at 20 victories.
“I’m not even thinking about it,” Capuano said. “I just have to go out and throw strikes against Cincinnati.”
The Brewers climbed above .500 for the first time in four months with a 6-2 victory over the Reds on Tuesday.
It is the most victories for the Brewers since 1996, when they went 80-82. Milwaukee has not had a winning season since 1992, when it was 92-70 in the American League.
Cincinnati will start 10-game winner Aaron Harang against Capuano. Harang leads the Reds with a 3.79 ERA, 204 innings and 159 strikeouts. The right-hander has given up 10 runs in 11 innings over his last two starts to raise his ERA from 3.54 to 3.79.