Updating my "records are misleading" theme with Dempster ...
I was originally against acquiring Dempster, but any fair look at his performance would show that his salary has not been wasted. (Building on a previoius thread ...)
If he'd had some run support this year his record would look much better:
We could only manage two runs for him in his first outing against the Yankees.
He handed off a lead against the Birds only to see Hanran blow the save.
He allowed only one earned run in seven vs the Rays only to have Bailey blow the save and pick up the win.
We couldn't manage more than two runs when he had to face KC.
He pitched seven fairly solid innings against the Twins, giving up only two earned runs. He hurt himself with a balk, but the real damage was two errors by Ciriaco, one by Salty, no run support and relief pitching not as good as him.
He earned the loss where the Jays buried him.
Gave up fewer earned runs than the relief vs the Indians, but picked up the loss.
Lost to the Phils because we couldn't muster more than one run despite seven fine innings of work.
Pitched eight brilliant innings against the Birds, but we couldn't even manage a single run for him.
Had a quality start against the Rays, but we manage only two runs.
Was in line for the win vs the Jays until Uehara's blown save.
He had a quality start against the Angels and was in line for the win until Uehara's blown save / Breslow's loss.
His start against Seattle was a a disaster and gave his ERA a significant up-tick. W/L saved by hot bats.
He allowed five runs vs NYY but would have lucked into a win until Taz blew the save.
Won vs the Birds even though Taz gave up a run in relief.
Should have lost vs Mariners but benefitted from a miracle finish.
Didn't have a quality start vs the Astros, but Taz held off Houston.
Pitched seven great innings vs Toronto, but Taz blew the save.
I'm beginning to wonder if Taz and Dempster should be pitching in the same game together.