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Ryan Dempster ups scoreless streak to 27 innings

Jul 8, 2012, 4:40 PM EST

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One would never guess Cubs right-hander Ryan Dempster just missed three weeks with a strained lat muscle. Back from the DL on Sunday, he shut out the Mets for five innings, extending his scoreless streak to 27 innings.

The Cubs went on to win 7-0.

R.A. Dickey had an even longer scoreless-inning streak this season (32 2/3, to be exact), but Dempster is the first pitcher to go four straight starts without allowing a run since Zack Greinke went five in the row from Sept. 18, 2008-April 18, 2009. Dempster’s outing was abbreviated today because he was coming back from the injury, but he pitched a total of 22 innings in the first three starts.

It’s possible that today’s start will go down as Dempster’s last as a Cub. The trade rumors were starting to come fast and furious last month before he got hurt, and now that he’s healthy again, it wouldn’t be a shock to see him moved over the All-Star break.

  1. randygnyc - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Yankees should look at Dempster. Perhaps eat soriano’s contract instead of dealing prospects. He can fill in for Gardner, while Dempster takes Pettitte’s spot, until he returns.

    • shawon0meter - Jul 8, 2012 at 9:20 PM

      Are you sure about that? That’s a lot of contract to eat for like 2 more years after this season I think. As a Cubs fan, that would be an incredible deal!

  2. rockthered1286 - Jul 8, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    Orioles will make the move, eat Sorianos contract and still return some high caliber prospects. We could use both players without a doubt and it would block Boston and ny simultaneously.

    • alang3131982 - Jul 9, 2012 at 9:39 AM

      Why on earth would the Orioles do that? I mean, why should they i guess. Knowing Duquette and the Orioles, sure they could make a boneheaded move, but my lord. I like dempster a ton, but dont love him in the AL east. He’s been great so far, but his K’s are down, and he has a silly good BABIP (.240) and strand rate. He’s more like a 4.00 ERA pitcher in the NL, which makes him, what, a 4.50 pitcher in the AL East?

      Certainly that is an improvement over the current spots, but that’s not a 1 or 2 win improvement. Add in his age and injury history and Dempster isnt worth high caliber prospects by himself, then you want the O’s to eat $36 million over the next two years? The O’s have plenty of DH’s that are adequate, Sori is nothing more than a .250 hitter, with no on base skills, and dwindling power.

      The Orioles are just entering a window, to make a short sighted move like this would be to hamstring them next year and down the line….it’d be egregiously bad

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