Forget about Big Z replacing Dempster in the rotation. The Cubs simply can’t afford to lose Dempster’s sparkling consistency as a starter.
Tuesday night was a statement game for the right-hander. He mastered the Dodgers for eight innings: three hits, one walk, seven strikeouts & zero runs…virtually ending any speculation of a return to the bullpen.
Dempster’s lasted six or more innings in all 10 starts…allowing three or fewer runs in seven of those outings.
He’s held the opponent to four or fewer hits half the time…holding right-handed hitters to a .200 average…and lefties to a .210 mark.
Dempster’s also held opponents below the .200 mark during his third trip through the lineup.
The No. 3 & 4 hitters are a combined 9-for-56 against him.
And for good measure, he’s tied for third in the majors with eight sacrifice hits!
There is no case for moving Dempster…except to the No. 1 role! And if Zambrano wants back in the rotation, he can start by pitching like this guy.