The Ryan Dempster Question

Today, Carrie Muskat asks herself, "Can Dempster make a successful conversion from closer to starter?"
Her answer:

After three seasons as the closer, Dempster is switching back to the rotation for the first time, full-time, since 2002. The right-hander has trained hard this offseason, but it won't be easy to go from one-inning outings to seven or eight. He'll be challenged with the addition of Lieber.

I think Dempster will mostly be challenged by the fact that he is not a very good starting pitcher.
Dempster's career numbers as a starting pitcher only, along with those of another guy who we often kick around:

GS IP
W
L
ERA
H/9
K/9
BB/9
HR/9
OPS
Dempster 162 989
51
58
4.99
9.4
7.4
4.7
1.1
802
Marquis 170 1016
66
61
4.47
9.3
5.3
3.4
1.2
781
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