Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 11/14/14
Dempster
It was a tale of two seasons for Ryan Dempster in 2012. In 104 innings (16 starts) with the Cubs, Dempster dazzled us with a 2.25 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and a 83 K/27 BB ratio, but after a trade to Texas (his first stint in the AL) he pitched 69 innings (12 starts) and posted a 5.09 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and a 70 K/25 BB ratio. Now that he’s pitching in Boston the question bodes; can Dempster succeed in the American League? I don’t think you have anything to worry about. The good news here is that Dempster was extremely lucky in his first 16 starts in Chicago thanks to a .242 BABIP (league average of .293) and 84.0% strand rate (league average of 72.5%). Of course it wasn’t as pretty in Texas as he posted a .330 BABIP and 66.3% strand rate, which helped balloon his ERA. The bottom line is Dempster should land somewhere in the middle of his two half seasons and will benefit greatly in the wins column thanks to Boston’s offense. All you need to know is that he only won five games in Chicago last yea...
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