Tagged: Ryan Dempster

June 18 – 20; @ White Sox – Series Preview

 Chicago White Sox Logo - Blue baseball player icon above Sox in blue and script in red

It’s still odd to me that the Cubs and White Sox face off on a Monday, usually it’s a series reserved for a weekend in June, but not this year.  The Cubs are looking avenge a sweep by the White Sox earlier this year at Wrigley which marked the beginning of the end of the 2012 season for the Cubs.  The Cubs have been playing decent baseball of that but it’s not resulting in wins, and ultimately that’s what matters the most.  Just ask the White Sox, who are getting their fair share of wins lately as they sit atop the AL Central.  No one expected the White Sox to be where they are right now, but thanks to the Tigers struggling out of the gate that’s where they sit.  The Sox sit near the middle of the pack in runs scored and ERA in the American League, they are 6th in runs scored, and 8th in ERA.  The Cubs have not had any success at US Cellular Field, losing nine of their last twelve games there.  Full preview and breakdown after the jump.

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Dempster Shuts Down Red Sox Amid Trade Rumors

Ryan Dempster is a pro, but pitching amid trade rumors swirling can’t be easy, you wouldn’t know it by watching Dempster pitch today.  Dempster was stellar, really never tempting fate in any of the seven brilliant innings he went.  The Cubs jumped on Daisuke Matsuzaka early plating three runs in the first two innings, and that was it, for both teams.  As I mentioned, Dempster went seven strong innings giving no runs on four hits, walking only two and striking out three.  Dempster has been great all year, and because of that he is becoming the number one target during this years trade season for teams wanting a starting pitcher.  If I had to guess, Dempster will be traded very soon, if the Cubs want to wait closer to the deadline I wouldn’t blame them.  Given the addition of wild card playoff spots, and so few teams selling, the Cubs might have the best chance of anyone to add to an already tremendously improved farm system via trade(s).

The Cubs didn’t knock around Dice-K, as they only managed four hits during his six innings, but it was enough.  Steve Clevenger had a the big blow with a two out two run double in the first inning on his was to a 1-for-3 day.  Ryan Dempster was the other star at the plate, yes you heard right, Dempster was 2-for-2 with a triple and a run scored.  David DeJesus had the only other hit for the Cubs and it was a big one, a two out single to put the Cubs up 3-0.  Carlos Marmol was thrust back into the closer role today, and of course things got a little dicey.  The final out of the game was a Dustin Pedroia ground out with the bases-loaded.  It would be great if Marmol could recapture the closing magic, because he really doesn’t do any good to the Cubs if he can’t get something back in a trade.  Full box score and highlights after the jump.

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June 15 – 17; vs. Red Sox – Series Preview

Boston Red Sox Logo - A pair of red socks hanging

Both teams come into this series not living up to 2012 expectations, the Red Sox more than the Cubs.  In an odd year in the East, meaning the Yankees and Red Sox are not one, two in the standings in June, the Red Sox sit fourth in the all of a sudden competitive division.  The Sox have struggled in Bobby Valentine’s first season at the helm, and it starts and ends on the mound, of course the laundry list of injuries doesn’t help either.  The Red Sox are scoring runs with the best of them as they sit 2nd in the AL in runs scored, but they can’t stop teams from scoring as their ERA is “good” for 12th in the AL.  The Cubs are coming off a series loss to the Tigers, but they played pretty well in doing so.  The Cubs are going to have to continue to be patient at the plate and knock around the Red Sox pitching, because the Sox are going to hit, the Cubs have to keep up.  It’s going to be scorching all weekend, 90 degrees everyday, the ball will be jumping at Wrigley.  Full preview/breakdown after the jump.

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June 15, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs. Red Sox

The Red Sox and their fans invade Wrigley Field this afternoon through the weekend.  The Tigers fans took over Wrigley Field this past week, but this weekend might be much worse with the Red Sox fans.  Two historic teams playing at a historic field, doesn’t get much better than that.  Here is how the Cubs will line up behind Ryan Dempster.

 

Campana CF
Castro SS
DeJesus RF
Soriano LF
LaHair 1B
Clevenger C
Barney 2B
Valbuena 3B
Dempster P

 

Thanks for reading, go Cubs!
– George

June 8 – 10; @ Twins – Series Preview

Minnesota Twins Logo - Blue T interlocked with red C

Two bad teams go head to head in Minnesota this weekend, and it could be a battle for who receives the first pick overall in next years player draft.  Obviously not something you want to “play for” but it is what it is right now, both teams are threatening for that spot.  The Twins however have been playing solid baseball of late as they have won seven out of their last ten.  Odds are these games will be close, and that usually spells disaster for the Cubs as they have lost 11 straight one run games.  The Cubs only have seven wins all season on the road, this might be their best chance to win a series on the road for the first time all year.  At least we will get to see Target Field, seems like a nice place.  Go Cubs!  Full preview and breakdown after the jump.

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June 5, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs. Brewers

Ryan Dempster takes the ball tonight looking for his first win of the season, yes it’s June 5th already.  Hardly Dempster’s fault considering he has a sub 3 ERA on the season.  Here is how the Cubs line up tonight against Gallardo and the Brewers.

Campana CF
Castro SS
DeJesus RF
Soriano LF
LaHair 1B,
Clevenger C
Barney 2B
Stewart 3B
Dempster P

Thanks for reading, go Cubs!
– George