Re: Dumpster ...
posted at 4/16/2013 10:08 AM EDT
I didn't think he was worth the money, but otherwise had no opinion.
So far Cherington is looking pretty smart. Forget the TB start yesterday and look at his second start against Baltimore, a good hitting team (so far). First inning, Ellsbury drops a fly, leaving men on 2d and 3d with nobody out, and Dempster holds the Orioles to one run in that inning. He ends up with 5 innings, one earned run, two unearned runs, and to me a pretty darn good outing.
He gave up 3 earned runs to the Yankees, also so far a good hitting team (defined as a team whose runs scored are among the top 5, the top 1/3, of the AL). I think he deserves the ERA he has and also like the 17 IP in three starts--not great, but not bad early in the season.
Time will tell, of course, but I also think the entire staff is helped by Farrell, his pitching coach, and a pretty good defense out there backing them up.
Speaking of which, while I agree Bradley should not have made that throw on Zobrist's sinking liner/fly, I was very impressed that he not only tried to catch it, but also made sure the ball did not get past him. He is one impressive outfielder who needs more time to get his hitting straight.