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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  • I noticed that too. He's getting to everything, but when he gets right under it on a high flyball he looks uncomfortable

    cubbies.4ever 1 hour 30 min ago view
  • Did you expect anything different?

    billybucks 2 hours 44 sec ago view
  • Wow, did they blow this game. Stupid plays by the kids in the 7th -- Almora throwing to 3rd instead of 2nd to keep the DP in order (when a DP probably wins the game) and Baez throwing to 3rd (to a backpedalling KB) instead of getting the easy 2nd out at first - cost them the game. Also, Contreras almost throws the ball into RF on a nonexistent pick-off play. And Maddon, for using Peralta in the first place. Did they do a bunch of shots in the dugout before the 7th? Unbelievably bad baseball. I thought Almora had a high baseball IQ?

    billybucks 2 hours 22 min ago view
  • men on 2nd/3rd, 0 out...and nothing.

    cubs lose :(

    crunch 2 hours 55 min ago view
  • UH OH! RALLY TIME!

    crunch 3 hours 5 min ago view
  • Getting tired of this Heywood weak sauce

    jacos 3 hours 16 min ago view
  • Yep, can't say I disagree with that. His first batter and resulting walk was just brutal. Reminded me of a bit of Jacque Jones spiking his throws into the ground from RF.

    Eric S 3 hours 24 min ago view
  • The use of Peralta in any semblance of a high leverage situation is questionable at best.

    fixed that for ya.

    crunch 3 hours 31 min ago view
  • The use of Peralta in any semblance of a high leverage situation is questionable at best. Hind sight is easy but Peralta had nothing.

    Eric S 3 hours 39 min ago view
  • make that just peralta...

    crunch 3 hours 40 min ago view
  • a.soriano new OF fielding coach?

    crunch 4 hours 44 min ago view
  • Why is Almora jumping up on catches?

    jacos 4 hours 46 min ago view
  • "Tommy La Stella (hamstring) will remain on his minor league rehab assignment through at least Friday."

    should be an interesting roster shuffle once these guys trickle back in. i imagine patton or peralta are on the hot seat for la stella's return.

    crunch 5 hours 5 min ago view
  • 6 pitches, 2 run lead.

    neat.

    crunch 6 hours 14 min ago view
  • So am I. Point remains.

    Old and Blue 16 hours 3 min ago view
  • Not certain why the site has been slowed. Worked much of Wednesday on it and will continue today. Sorry for the inconvenience. I will probably take it offline for a while, but it will be up before the game against the Mets.

    WebAdmin 1 day 10 min ago view