The Stat Line of the Night – 5/24/10 – Dwight Howard
The Stat Line of the Night — 5/25/10 — Ryan Dempster
The Chicago Cubs have struggled a bit in the early-going this season, but no one ever complained about their starting pitching. With Ryan Dempster on the mound, the Cubs have reason to be confident about getting a win. Last night, he delivered again. Derrek Lee helped out as well.
Ryan Dempster was dominant all night long. Although he has pitched pretty well, this was his first win since April 23. Derrek Lee gave him some run support, driving in 3 runs with a double and a home run, but it was Dempster’s gem that carried the day. He went eight innings of nearly unhittable baseball. On just 104 pitches, he gave up only three hits and one walk. He had 7 strikeouts, 7 groundouts and 10 flyballs. His ERA sunk to 3.31 and he solidified his role as ace of the staff.
The Cubs have had over 100 years of futility ranging from being the worst in the league to coming up just short of winning it all. While most felt that this year was going to be a tough one for the Cubs, no one predicted they would struggle as much as they did in April. May has been a new month for the team, though, and they sit just 4 games out of first place in the NL Central. If Dempster can continue to pitch like he has and Derrek Lee’s bat can come alive, they might just have a chance. For now, Ryan Dempster will have to be satisfied with “The Stat Line of the Night”.