Posts tagged "Ryan Dempster"

All right, who the fuck is Vance Worley?

Unbelievable. The Phillies have three starters who rank in the top seven in the NL in ERA: Halladay, Lee and Hamels. Those same three all rank in the top 10 in the NL in wins (they have 31 combined), and they’re all in the top six in WHIP and blah blah blah those guys are... Read more »

The three most disappointing Cubs of 2011 (so far)

Why must Cubs players always underperform? From Nomar Garciaparra to Corey Patterson to Todd Hundley, Cubs prospects and acquisitions have consistently disappointed fans on the North Side over the years. Of course when they subsequently land on another team’s roster, they seem to suddenly find their way: Ryan Theriot is batting .300 with the Cardinals... Read more »

Cubs pitchers stymie Reds to end losing streak

Aaaaaah. Let us bask in the glory of that two-word phrase we’ve so rarely been allowed to utter this season: Cubs win! So Cubs wins do exist, then. Like Santa and walking, talking M&M’s, I was starting to have my doubts. But Ryan Dempster went six strong innings to claim his fifth win of the... Read more »
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Cubs Week 8 awards: More mediocrity

I’m so sick of the stupid Pirates.  Actually, allow me to rephrase: I’m sick of the Cubs losing to the Pirates. I can’t actually bring myself to hate a team that hasn’t had a winning season in about 20 years, though the Pirates could surely change course if they could just built a schedule consisting... Read more »

And on the third day of May, Dempster was reborn

As you might expect, I’ve been really frustrated with Ryan Dempster’s season so far. I mean, he only had two sacrifice bunts going into yesterday’s game. What is WRONG with him? He’s really been hurting the team with his lack of successful bunting. Thankfully, Dempster dropped down his third sacrifice of the season last night... Read more »

Dempster not alone among Cubs' Opening Day starters to start slow

Morgan was designated the Opening Day starter in back-to-back years, and struggled out of the gate both times. In 1993, he went 1-4 through April with a 4.65 ERA and a 1.516 WHIP. He bounced back big-time in May with a 2.94 ERA. The following season, Morgan failed to win a game in April due to his 5.85 ERA. He went on to win just two of his 15 starts.
After Carlos Zambrano got the Opening Day nod six straight seasons, it was kind of a big deal–symbolically, at least–when Quade announced that Ryan Dempster would get the ball on the first day of the 2011 season. It certainly seemed reasonable–Dempster averaged 14 wins over the last three seasons, whereas Zambrano struggled mightily in several... Read more »
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Cubs Week 5 awards: Pitchers finally pitching in

Through the first month of the season, Cubs pitchers had been the worst in baseball. It was a trend that absolutely had to change if the Cubs wanted to remain competitive, and change it did: Cubs starters posted four quality starts and the bullpen did not allow a run during the week. Taking James Russell out of... Read more »

Cubs Week 4 awards: That sinking feeling

Why do we have that sinking feeling in our stomachs? Is it because the Cubs had such a damn good chance to tie it up in the ninth yesterday, but couldn’t quite get it done? Or maybe it’s because James Russell is going to get another freakin’ chance to make an opposing team look like... Read more »

Cubs build early lead, hang on in nail-biter

Man, the Cubs just … can’t … get … that big hit. On Sunday in Milwaukee, Cubs hitters were 2-for-17 with runners in scoring position, and they picked up right where they left off Monday as the first two batters reached base and the next two proceeded to do … nothing. But wait. What’s this?... Read more »
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Cubs Week 1 awards: Everything in moderation

*For those new to my blog, I like to provide a recap of the Cubs’ previous week every Monday. I also choose a “Ryno of the Week” (not as apropos now that Ryne Sandberg’s no longer in the organization, but he’s still my childhood hero and I’m too lazy to come up with anything better)... Read more »