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Come To Think Of It: Expected Regression Of Ryan Dempster Is Underway

Published by on April 29, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

When Chicago Cubs starter Ryan Dempster was signed to that big free agent contract this offseason, I reacted with a bit of trepidation.

After all, he was coming off a season which seemed like a clear deviation from his previous work.

Dempster went 17-6 with a sparkling 2.96 ERA, after coming into camp in the best shape of his life.

Compare that against his career ERA, which is 4.56 even after his career year, and it's easy to see why his signing was a risky proposition for the Cubs.

True, much of his career had been spent in the bullpen. But, except for 2000 when he went 14-10 with a 3.66 ERA for the Florida Marlins, Demp had his struggles as a starting pitcher in the past.

In 2001...

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