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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 37)
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Birth Date5-3-1977
Height6' 2"
Weight215 lbs
Age37 years, 2 months, 28 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
1.42010
1.72011
2.52012
0.62013
0.62014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
1998 FLO 21 14 11 54.7 48.7 6.0 1 5 0 1 3 0 272 72 47 43 6 106 38 37 9 35 7.08 5.79 6.69 -8.7 -0.8
1999 FLO 22 25 25 147.0 147.0 0.0 7 8 0 0 12 2 666 146 77 77 21 240 93 91 6 126 4.71 5.24 5.55 7.1 0.6
2000 FLO 23 33 33 226.3 226.3 0.0 14 10 0 0 20 2 974 210 102 92 30 349 97 90 5 209 3.66 4.28 4.29 36.9 3.6
2001 FLO 24 34 34 211.3 211.3 0.0 15 12 0 0 19 1 954 218 123 116 21 347 112 107 10 171 4.94 4.41 4.70 18.6 2.2
2002 CIN 25 15 15 88.7 88.7 0.0 5 5 0 0 5 3 394 102 61 61 16 173 38 37 3 66 6.19 5.12 6.23 0.9 0.0
2002 FLO 25 18 18 120.3 120.3 0.0 5 8 0 0 10 2 521 126 66 64 12 203 55 54 7 87 4.79 4.27 4.91 3.5 0.3
2003 CIN 26 22 20 115.7 112.7 3.0 3 7 0 0 7 0 545 134 89 84 14 211 70 66 5 84 6.54 5.04 6.08 -3.5 -0.5
2004 CHN 27 23 0 20.7 0.0 20.7 1 1 2 0 0 0 93 16 9 9 1 21 13 13 2 18 3.92 4.02 3.43 3.2 0.3
2005 CHN 28 63 6 92.0 33.7 58.3 5 3 33 2 4 0 401 83 35 32 4 111 49 42 4 89 3.13 3.35 3.52 21.5 2.3
2006 CHN 29 74 0 75.0 0.0 75.0 1 9 24 9 0 0 342 77 47 40 5 108 36 33 3 67 4.80 3.75 4.81 6.4 0.6
2007 CHN 30 66 0 66.7 0.0 66.7 2 7 28 3 0 0 282 59 36 35 8 97 30 26 1 55 4.72 4.48 5.70 0.5 0.0
2008 CHN 31 33 33 206.7 206.7 0.0 17 6 0 0 21 2 856 174 75 68 14 261 76 75 7 187 2.96 3.38 4.32 36.4 4.1
2009 CHN 32 31 31 200.0 200.0 0.0 11 9 0 0 19 2 842 196 94 81 22 309 65 61 6 172 3.64 3.83 4.64 14.6 1.8
2010 CHN 33 34 34 215.3 215.3 0.0 15 12 0 0 23 1 918 198 110 92 25 315 86 82 10 208 3.85 4.02 4.55 14.0 1.4
2011 CHN 34 34 34 202.3 202.3 0.0 10 14 0 0 21 1 881 211 111 108 23 347 82 80 5 191 4.80 3.87 4.61 12.2 1.7
2012 CHN 35 16 16 104.0 104.0 0.0 5 5 0 0 11 0 417 81 28 26 9 125 27 27 1 83 2.25 3.47 3.72 15.6 1.8
2012 TEX 35 12 12 69.0 69.0 0.0 7 3 0 0 7 0 300 74 43 39 10 126 25 25 1 70 5.09 4.03 4.45 7.3 0.8
2013 BOS 36 32 29 171.3 168.7 2.7 8 9 0 0 14 0 754 170 97 87 26 289 79 78 6 157 4.57 4.70 4.87 5.3 0.6
Career5793512387.02154.7232.3132133871519616104122347125011542673738107110249120754.354.224.78191.520.9

Advanced

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
1995 HUD A- 1 1 5.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 CSC A 23 23 144.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 KNC A 4 4 26.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 BRV A+ 28 26 165.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .334 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 FLO MLB 14 11 54.7 6.69 47 .325 .264 .328 .411 .258 .359 94 -5.6 -0.5 -8.7 -0.8
1998 PME AA 7 7 44.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 CHR AAA 5 5 33.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 FLO MLB 25 25 147.0 5.55 84 .270 .267 .337 .431 .258 .298 95 8.9 0.8 7.1 0.6
1999 CLG AAA 5 5 30.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 FLO MLB 33 33 226.3 4.29 111 .254 .262 .334 .424 .256 .284 95 38.7 3.6 36.9 3.6
2001 FLO MLB 34 34 211.3 4.70 97 .278 .261 .326 .418 .259 .308 96 19.5 1.9 18.6 2.2
2002 CIN MLB 15 15 88.7 6.23 69 .281 .254 .322 .397 .253 .317 105 -3.0 -0.3 0.9 0.0
2002 FLO MLB 18 18 120.3 4.91 88 .280 .257 .322 .406 .256 .317 97 5.1 0.5 3.5 0.3
2003 CIN MLB 22 20 115.7 6.08 73 .290 .266 .330 .420 .259 .323 103 -1.9 -0.2 -3.5 -0.5
2003 LOU AAA 2 2 13.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .286 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 CHN MLB 23 0 20.7 3.43 124 .233 .264 .332 .421 .266 .254 96 3.4 0.3 3.2 0.3
2004 LNS A 5 5 18.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .377 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 IOW AAA 6 4 21.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .316 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 CHN MLB 63 6 92.0 3.52 126 .234 .263 .333 .420 .263 .310 103 21.2 2.2 21.5 2.3
2006 CHN MLB 74 0 75.0 4.81 98 .260 .267 .334 .428 .263 .312 97 7.2 0.7 6.4 0.6
2007 CHN MLB 66 0 66.7 5.70 84 .241 .271 .335 .431 .262 .271 103 0.2 0.0 0.5 0.0
2007 IOW AAA 2 1 2.0 0.99 183 .167 .273 .322 .414 .251 .333 120 1.8 0.2 1.8 0.2
2008 CHN MLB 33 33 206.7 4.32 112 .222 .255 .321 .408 .256 .280 106 31.8 3.2 36.4 4.1
2009 CHN MLB 31 31 200.0 4.64 95 .251 .255 .321 .400 .256 .302 97 12.2 1.2 14.6 1.8
2010 CHN MLB 34 34 215.3 4.55 94 .258 .252 .316 .393 .262 .294 97 13.7 1.4 14.0 1.4
2011 CHN MLB 34 34 202.3 4.61 92 .278 .255 .314 .392 .258 .324 102 15.0 1.6 12.2 1.7
2012 CHN MLB 16 16 104.0 3.72 113 .223 .252 .315 .400 .258 .242 99 16.6 1.8 15.6 1.8
2012 TEX MLB 12 12 69.0 4.45 102 .287 .261 .324 .415 .268 .330 103 7.3 0.8 7.3 0.8
2013 BOS MLB 32 29 171.3 4.87 89 .281 .257 .318 .407 .266 .296 101 5.3 0.6 5.3 0.6

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
1995 HUD A- 1 0 0 1 1 5.7 7 1 6 0 0% .000 11.1 1.6 0.0 9.5 1.40 3.16 0.0 0.0
1996 CSC A 7 11 0 23 23 144.3 120 58 141 13 0% .000 7.5 3.6 0.8 8.8 1.23 3.31 0.0 0.0
1996 KNC A 2 1 0 4 4 26.3 18 18 18 0 0% .000 6.2 6.2 0.0 6.2 1.37 2.74 0.0 0.0
1997 BRV A+ 10 9 0 28 26 165.3 190 46 131 19 0% .334 10.3 2.5 1.0 7.1 1.43 4.90 0.0 0.0
1998 FLO MLB 1 5 0 14 11 54.7 72 38 35 6 51% .359 11.9 6.3 1.0 5.8 2.01 7.08 -8.7 -0.8
1998 CHR AAA 3 1 0 5 5 33.0 33 12 24 4 0% .000 9.0 3.3 1.1 6.5 1.36 3.27 0.0 0.0
1998 PME AA 4 3 0 7 7 44.7 34 15 33 8 0% .000 6.8 3.0 1.6 6.6 1.10 3.22 0.0 0.0
1999 FLO MLB 7 8 0 25 25 147.0 146 93 126 21 42% .298 8.9 5.7 1.3 7.7 1.63 4.71 7.1 0.6
1999 CLG AAA 1 1 0 5 5 30.7 30 10 29 6 0% .000 8.8 2.9 1.8 8.5 1.30 4.98 0.0 0.0
2000 FLO MLB 14 10 0 33 33 226.3 210 97 209 30 49% .284 8.4 3.9 1.2 8.3 1.36 3.66 36.9 3.6
2001 FLO MLB 15 12 0 34 34 211.3 218 112 171 21 54% .308 9.3 4.8 0.9 7.3 1.56 4.94 18.6 2.2
2002 CIN MLB 5 5 0 15 15 88.7 102 38 66 16 54% .317 10.4 3.9 1.6 6.7 1.58 6.19 0.9 0.0
2002 FLO MLB 5 8 0 18 18 120.3 126 55 87 12 47% .317 9.4 4.1 0.9 6.5 1.50 4.79 3.5 0.3
2003 CIN MLB 3 7 0 22 20 115.7 134 70 84 14 46% .323 10.4 5.4 1.1 6.5 1.76 6.54 -3.5 -0.5
2003 LOU AAA 1 1 0 2 2 13.7 13 3 9 1 0% .286 8.5 2.0 0.7 5.9 1.17 3.28 0.0 0.0
2004 IOW AAA 1 1 0 6 4 21.0 19 10 20 1 0% .316 8.1 4.3 0.4 8.6 1.38 3.86 0.0 0.0
2004 LNS A 0 0 0 5 5 18.3 20 2 21 0 0% .377 9.8 1.0 0.0 10.3 1.20 1.97 0.0 0.0
2004 CHN MLB 1 1 2 23 0 20.7 16 13 18 1 55% .254 7.0 5.7 0.4 7.8 1.40 3.92 3.2 0.3
2005 CHN MLB 5 3 33 63 6 92.0 83 49 89 4 60% .310 8.1 4.8 0.4 8.7 1.43 3.13 21.5 2.3
2006 CHN MLB 1 9 24 74 0 75.0 77 36 67 5 55% .312 9.2 4.3 0.6 8.0 1.51 4.80 6.4 0.6
2007 IOW AAA 0 0 0 2 1 2.0 1 1 4 0 33% .333 4.5 4.5 0.0 18.0 1.00 0.00 1.8 0.2
2007 CHN MLB 2 7 28 66 0 66.7 59 30 55 8 49% .271 8.0 4.0 1.1 7.4 1.33 4.72 0.5 0.0
2008 CHN MLB 17 6 0 33 33 206.7 174 76 187 14 49% .280 7.6 3.3 0.6 8.1 1.21 2.96 36.4 4.1
2009 CHN MLB 11 9 0 31 31 200.0 196 65 172 22 49% .302 8.8 2.9 1.0 7.7 1.30 3.65 14.6 1.8
2010 CHN MLB 15 12 0 34 34 215.3 198 86 208 25 50% .294 8.3 3.6 1.0 8.7 1.32 3.85 14.0 1.4
2011 CHN MLB 10 14 0 34 34 202.3 211 82 191 23 46% .324 9.4 3.6 1.0 8.5 1.45 4.80 12.2 1.7
2012 TEX MLB 7 3 0 12 12 69.0 74 25 70 10 47% .330 9.7 3.3 1.3 9.1 1.43 5.09 7.3 0.8
2012 CHN MLB 5 5 0 16 16 104.0 81 27 83 9 43% .242 7.0 2.3 0.8 7.2 1.04 2.25 15.6 1.8
2013 BOS MLB 8 9 0 32 29 171.3 170 79 157 26 43% .296 8.9 4.1 1.4 8.2 1.45 4.57 5.3 0.6

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 3233 0.4983 0.4616 0.7520 0.6269 0.2972 0.8614 0.5228 0.2466
2009 3132 0.4796 0.4547 0.7488 0.6092 0.3104 0.8623 0.5435 0.2484
2010 3555 0.4734 0.4487 0.7476 0.6102 0.3024 0.8637 0.5371 0.2517
2011 3505 0.4922 0.4654 0.7982 0.6261 0.3090 0.8880 0.6218 0.2006
2012 2748 0.4884 0.4623 0.7683 0.6170 0.3137 0.8732 0.5714 0.2301
2013 2993 0.4601 0.4437 0.7754 0.6245 0.2890 0.8616 0.6167 0.2238
Career191660.48210.45610.76510.6190.30360.86860.56860.2335

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2012-06-16 2012-07-08 15-DL 22 20 Right Shoulder Strain Latissimus Dorsi - -
2012-04-18 2012-05-03 15-DL 15 13 Right Thigh Strain Quadriceps - -
2011-06-30 2011-07-09 DTD 9 9 - Back Soreness - -
2011-06-08 2011-06-08 DTD 0 0 Right Hip Soreness -
2009-07-03 2009-07-28 15-DL 25 21 Right Fracture Big Toe -
2009-05-30 2009-05-30 DTD 0 0 Right Fingers Blister Middle Finger -
2007-06-23 2007-07-20 15-DL 27 22 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2004-04-04 2004-08-01 60-DL 119 104 Right Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery and Bone Chip 2003-08-04
2003-07-29 2003-09-29 15-DL 62 57 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery and Bone Chip 2003-08-04
2003-05-23 2003-06-07 15-DL 15 13 Neck Neurological Injury Pinched Nerve -
2003-05-09 2003-05-10 DTD 1 1 Neck Neurological Injury Pinched Nerve -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 BOS $
2013 BOS $13,250,000
2012 CHN $14,000,000
2011 CHN $14,500,000
2010 CHN $13,500,000
2009 CHN $9,000,000
2008 CHN $7,333,333
2007 CHN $5,333,333
2006 CHN $4,333,333
2005 CHN $2,000,000
2004 CHN $300,000
2003 CIN $3,250,000
2002 FLO $2,475,000
2001 FLO $400,000
2000 FLO $268,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
14 yrPrevious$89,942,999
14 yrTotal$89,942,999

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
15 y 63 dCraig Landis2 years/$26.5M (2013-14)

Details
  • 2 years/$26.5M (2013-14). Signed by Boston as a free agent 12/12. 13:$13.25M, 14:$13.25M. Annual performance bonus: $0.25M for 190 innings pitched. Placed on restricted list 2/22/14 (taking 2014 off).
  • 4 years/$52M (2009-12). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs as a free agent 11/18/08. $4M signing bonus. 09:$8M, 10:$12.5M, 11:$13.5M, 12:$14M player option. Dempster exercised 2012 player option 10/29/11. Acquired by Texas in trade from Chicago Cubs 7/31/12.
  • 3 years/$15.5M (2006-08). Signed extension with Chicago Cubs 9/05. $1M signing bonus. 06:$4M, 07:$5M, 08:$5.5M. Up to $3M in performance bonuses.
  • 1 year/$0.5M (2004), plus 2005 club option. Signed by Chicago Cubs as a free agent 1/04. 05: $2M club option, $0.2M buyout. Cubs exercised 2005 option 10/04.
  • 1 year/$3.25M (2003). Re-signed by Cincinnati 1/03 (avoided arbitration). Released 11/03.
  • 1 year/$2.475M (2002). Re-signed 1/02 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by Cincinnati in trade from Florida 1/02.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .241 .324 .382 .253
11 vs R (Multi) .264 .328 .455 .274
18 Split (Multi) -.022 -.004 -.073 -.021
19 LgAvg (Multi) .010 .024 .026 .019
30 vs L (2013) .235 .328 .375 .253
31 vs R (2013) .280 .351 .505 .297
38 Split (2013) -.045 -.022 -.130 -.044
39 LgAvg (2013) .010 .022 .028 .019

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-05-29 19:30:00 (link to chat)The Red Sox still technically have Ryan Dempster under contract, right? The rotation is going to be PawSox rotation soon. I mean Peavy is balking.
(Dylan from MA)
No, Dempster is semi-retired. I don't know exactly how it works off the top of my head, but he's not in the Sox organization anymore. Workman is already up and I believe Webster or RDLR is starting tomorrow. Peavy doesn't look great, but he'll get more time to figure it out. (Ben Carsley)
2013-10-07 18:00:00 (link to chat)Do you have any good under the radar/ bounceback SPs to target in keeper leagues?
(Brandon from Missouri )
R.A. Dickey had a stronger second half and seemed to adjust to the American League Post All Star. He won't do what he did with the Mets, but is a decent option next year. Ian Kennedy struggled all year, but a full year at Petco will definitely help. Ryan Dempster was terrible for the Red Sox, but a change of scenery could help. His high whiff rate makes him valuable in fantasy even if the other stats don't coalesce. (Mike Gianella)
2013-02-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)Ryan Dempster, returning to his numbers in the NL or is he more likely to resemble the mess he was in Texas ?
(Grinder from Boston)
Closer to what he did in the NL. Texas isn't an easy place to pitch, and I suspect the program they have over there with their pitchers is easier to implement in Spring Training than it is mid-season. (Mike Gianella)
2013-02-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Shouldn't we be looking more at salary as a major insight into comparing how good two players are going to be? There are probably better examples, but lots of fancy peripheral stats show that Joe Blanton is better than Ryan Dempster. Yet Dempter signed for $26.5 mil./2 yrs. while Blanton only signed for $15 mil./2 yrs. Well, that's all the stats I need, right?
(John Carter from Dual: U.S.-Canadian)
Huh. That's ... actually ... very intriguing. Tango has pointed out a few times how Vegas is the best projection system. Might be some aspect of that with player salaries, if we could isolate the numbers from some of the distorting effects of timing, team need, etc. (Sam Miller)
2013-01-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who's a good buy-low MLB regular for SP this season?
(Sara from Tacoma)
I'll give you a few to cater to leagues of a variety of sizes. Hisashi Iwakuma is a sleeper I like a great deal. His high groundball percentage will help him in the transition to Safeco's new ballpark dimensions. Brett Anderson was impressive in his brief return to the hill at the end of last year and is currently a draft value at his current draft position in Mock Draft Central mocks. A few ugly starts to begin Ryan Dempster's time with the Rangers seem to have driven down his value. He'll be fine pitching in Boston and remains an undervalued starter. Chris Tillman enjoyed his first taste of success in the majors last year. He's not as good as his sub-3.00 ERA suggests, but some backlash from those looking at the peripherals may make him a value in AL-only in deep mixed leagues. I think he's capable of improving his underlying stats and staving off some of the regression that would otherwise come from him pitching at the same level this year. (Josh Shepardson)
2012-07-25 13:30:00 (link to chat)As a Nationals fan, I hope that Ryan Dempster's refusal to join the Braves is an omen for disappointments in Atlanta for the rest of the season. However, if I were a Braves fan, would you think that I should be upset or relieved that the trade of Randall Delgado didn't go through?
(HalfStreet from Fairfax VA)
I analyzed the Dempster deal that now looks like it probably won't happen a couple days ago. My opinion was that Delgado wouldn't have been too high a price to pay, considering the stakes and Delgado's mid-rotation ceiling. That said, while a desire to keep Delgado might not have made sense as a reason not to pull the trigger, it certainly makes sense as a reason to be relieved that the deal didn't go through. (Ben Lindbergh)
2012-03-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)My pitchers include Madson, Putz, Moore, Scherzer and Beachy. At the auction are Halladay, Greinke, Hamels, Dan Hudson, Felix, CJ Wilson, CC, Lester, Gallardo and Strasburg. I have plenty of money - who do you think is the best complement to what I have on hand?
(Kyran from Albany, NY)
That's a solid core, so grabbing a guy like Hamels, Greinke, or Gallardo could be enough if you add one or two more guys in the Scherzer/Beachy area, a Ryan Dempster or Ted Lilly type. (Derek Carty)
2010-03-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Looking for all the help I can get, who should I keep in a non strikeout fantasy league, Jered Weaver or Ryan Dempster? Also, what's your best guess for how Andy LaRoche does this year? Thanks!
(Adam from Rochester)
Jered Weaver, definitely. LaRoche will be better, I'll say .270-15-65. (John Perrotto)
2009-08-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Tom Gorzelanny has a chance to succeed with the Cubs?
(Kevin from Chicago)
Yes. All sorts of people can use a change of scenery, and if all they want is for him to succeed in relief, he can do that. The question is, could he return to his former promise as a starter, and there, it'll be interesting to see. Things turned out much better with Ryan Dempster than almost anybody expected, after all. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-02-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Bryan, have you picked up on Jim Hendry's fondness for Notre Dame players? I'm wondering if you think it's beginning to cloud his judgment (i.e. the acquisition of Aaron Heilman)?
(Shane from Bucktown)
I brought this up to Paul Mainieri -- coach of LSU, former coach of Notre Dame, who was with the Irish when Heilman and Samardzija and Grant Johnson and the rest went there. Mainieri laughed, and reminded that the connection runs deeper: Paul and Ryan Dempster are still good friends since Dempster committed to ND (ultimately choosing pro ball out of high school), and infields Ryan Theriot and Mike Fontenot are LSU grads, both of whom Mainieri has become friendly with. Don't be surprised if the Cubs draft a LSU player or two in the upcoming draft ... it's always been a fondness for Mainieri moreso than for Notre Dame. (Bryan Smith)
2008-11-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Everyone talks about players getting huge contracts and regressing, but look at a player like Ryan Dempster. He does not seem to be the type of personality to stop working hard, the same likely cannot be siad for KRod or Burnett, for example. Agreed?
(Goose from Chicago)
You think it's about not working hard? Ok. No, I disagree. (Will Carroll)
2008-08-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Rich Harden, Ryan Dempster, and Ted Lilly all disagree that the Cubs are in trouble if Zambrano isn't pitching Game 1.
(jklein from TP)
That Harden trade just looks brilliant right now, doesn't it? But does that rotation really scare opposing hitters? Harden can be lights out, Dempster's going to get Cy votes, and Lilly's a good lefty, but it's not Webb-Haren-Johnson. It's not Shields-Garza-Kazmir, at least for dominance. It's not Beckett-Lester-Matsuzaka. It's not Sabathia-Sheets-whoever. (Will Carroll)
2008-07-21 15:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think the innings will take a toll on Ryan Dempster? He look great yesterday and showed no signs of slowing down. Big innings jump tho!
(Steve from Chicago)
It is a big jump, but he's older and is moving from relieving, which doesn't seem to be as big an issue. I have no idea why, other than the theoretical "innings multiplier." (Will Carroll)
2008-06-23 12:00:00 (link to chat)Any concerns about Ryan Dempster in the second half? It's been some time since he's pitched a full season, and he's also pitching out of his mind right now. What do you expect out of him the rest of the year?
(dmandell from Portland)
Well, he certainly looks set up for a fall just because the innings are piling up. I will say this, Dempster is in the best shape of his career. He really worked hard in the winter to prepare for a much heavier workload. However, it's a lot to ask a guy to increase his innings pitched by as much as Dempster will be ask. I think there will certainly some regression. (John Perrotto)
2008-06-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are you skeptical about Ryan Dempster's hot start? He appears to have the "stuff" to perform as a high-level starter, but some of her peripheral stats are a bit alarming.
(mlochi from san francisco, ca)
Early on, his K/W ratio wasn't great and his BABIP was so low that you worried about it leveling off. But his K/W has gotten better, so I'm encouraged. He's been fantastic and if it continues, it's a huge boost for this rotation. He came into the season in fantastic physical shape and was really committed to making this work. I've been very impressed. (Len Kasper)
2008-05-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Joe, thanks for the chat. Why is Ryan Dempster pitching so well as a starter when he was not too good in relief?
(jtrichey from Indianapolis)
He became a groundball pitcher when he was converted to the bullpen, and he's retained that trait as a starter. That's the single biggest reason for his current success. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-02-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)WOOOOO Baseball! BP2k8 arrived on Tuesday. There's a full slate of spring games, including a start by Ryan Dempster. How Psyched are you for the new season?
(Henry from Chicago)
Very. In a lot of ways, this might be the bestest spring ever. There's a lot of internal sentiment that this might be our best edition of the annual yet, I expect that I'm going to see some Cactus League action, and I'm back in the best city in the country, the one we're both in. If the Sox are doing a Dog Day, I can't wait to take the dingo to a ballgame, although I can't say for certain if my favorite Cubs fan would set foot in New Comisk^H^H^H^Hthe Cell and come with. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-02-25 12:00:00 (link to chat)In 03 when the Cubs were 5 outs from the World Series, it was believed that they had one of the best minor league systems in addition to a pretty good major league team, but within a couple of years both the major league team and the minor league system were in disarray. I know they made the playoffs last year and have a decent chance this year, but have you ever seen another organization fall so far so fast?
(Jim from Wrigley Field)
I feel your pain, Jim, I'm a fellow Cubs fan. I was at the Prior-Maddux start that postseason, and I was heart broken when they didn't win it. But I'm not sure I agree that they've fallen too far -- I mean, what are they, one of about 3 teams likely to win the NL pennant? Obviously the farm system has a ways to go, but Wilken is the right guy in place to do it. And there is a lot of youth on that roster -- Soto, Pie, Hill, Marmol -- from that 2003 minor league system. They've done a nice job, but I'll say this: Ryan Dempster needs to be right. (Bryan Smith)
2008-01-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)The back end of the Cubs rotation... You have two duds (Marquis, Dempster), the aging prodigal son (Lieber) , the youngster in Lou's doghouse (Marshall), and the unproven guys (Gallagher, Kevin Hart, maybe even Neil Cotts or Samardjiza but unlikely). Who should win and who will win out the last two spots?
(Hank from Lincoln Park)
First, let's take Jeff Samardjiza out of the discussion. He's more likely to be the Bears' flanker next year than the Cubs' fifth starter. Out of that group, I actually sort of like Ryan Dempster, and I think Jon Lieber should be perfectly adequate. (Nate Silver)
2008-01-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is there any reason to be happy about having Jon Lieber vying for a spot in the Cubs rotation? Should I just be happy that the Cubs don't have to fret over saving the three million or so Lieber could earn this year? Cortisol leads to unsightly belly fat after all.
(Brian Gallagher from Evanston, IL)
I sort of touch on this in the TA that just went live--it'll still be there when we wrap up in a few hours ;) --but the nicest thing to say is that it gives them depth, and it might spare them from having to take the experiment of returning Ryan Dempster to a rotation all that far. My disappointment is that Lieber's upside is pretty minimal, and he's no more the right answer to that question over who starts a fourth game in a postseason than Marquis was (and is). (Christina Kahrl)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2008-10-02 11:00:00Thursday Playoff GamesRyan Dempster's off the hook. *That's* the worst pitch of the postseason.
(Joe Sheehan)
 

PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Ryan Dempster threw 19,706 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2013, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2013, he relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (90mph) and Slider (84mph), also mixing in a Splitter (82mph) and Cutter (88mph). He also rarely threw a Sinker (89mph).