Why is it the Cubs don’t score runs behind Ryan Dempster?
You’d think a guy who’s posted 1,2,0,1 & 1 earned runs in five outings would take pressure off the lineup. Instead, the Cubs have scored a grand total of five runs for Dempster. Five runs!
Run support continues to be an ongoing problem for Dempster and largely explains why he’s winless over his last 14 starts dating back to August of last year.
During this winless stretch the Cubs have provided Demps three or fewer runs of support on 13 occasions. Nine times they’ve scored one or no runs. Unreal.
Granted Dempster (0-1) missed two starts this year nursing a strained quad, but his sparkling 1.02 ERA is tops in baseball for starting pitchers.
He’s pitched at least six frames in every outing striking out 36 batters and walking just 10. Yet amazingly, he has zero wins to show for it.
If it’s not the lack of run support dashing Dempster’s chance at a victory, it’s the bullpen. In his five starts the pen has blown three save opportunities.
Perhaps worse, Chicago has lost all five games Dempster has pitched, which undoubtedly, should be five wins.
Flip that trend around and the Cubs current record of (13-18) changes to (18-13), good enough for second place in the Central and two games behind division leading St. Louis.
If this club would just give Dempster some run support there’s no reason to believe they couldn’t hang in the race longer than expected.
As for Dempster, you simply couldn’t ask for more from your Opening Day starter, who should be an undefeated (5-0).