Re: Hopefully Dempster's Last Start
posted at 9/5/2013 10:26 AM EDT
How many other teams have a #5 rotation starter who has started 27 games and averages 5.82 innings pitched per game. Also has a BB/SO ratio of 69/144, ERA of .479, and wins as often as he loses.
For example, just look at the Tigers rotation. Scherzer, Verlander, Fister, Sanchez, & Porcello. Porcello, obviously their #5, has started 26 games and averages a similiar 5.88 innings per game. His BB/SO ratio is 39/115, ERA of .476, and has an 11-8 record.
It would be further interesting to see a comparison of what kind of run support these two have gotten from their respective teams.
You won't find many #5 starters who surpass Dempster and Porcello as two of the better #5's in the American League. So I ask you, would you rather have Wakefield?
I doubt many Tiger fans are castigating Porcello the way some Red Sox fans continually down play and ride Dempster.
Will either one of these guys get a start in the playoffs? I think all will agree that it is unlikely, but one cannot argue that #5's are #5's, they are what they are. And personally I think the Sox are fortunate in the wake of Buccholz's problems, to have a worthy veteran like Dempster to fill that spot, at least until one of the young studs matures and prove themselves dependable and reliable.