19 Aug 2013
If only Ryan Dempster was as good at winning as he is hitting people. Actually wait, it took him 2 tries to really hit A-Rod (or 4 if you think pitches 2 and 3 were meant to hit him), so perhaps he isn’t good at either. Dempster was signed in the off-season to add quality depth to the Red Sox rotation. A 2-year deal at $13.25 per season, it was a good signing I thought at the time. Yes, pitching in the AL East is different from other divisions but I figured he’d be a helpful component to this team.
Dempster did last night what I think many players in baseball have been wanting to do. Fine, hit the guy, but then, please go out and finish the task at hand. A-Rod came back to make Dempster look silly. Not only did Dempster allow A-Rod to score after hitting him, he later gave up a home run to him. Look, I don’t like A-Rod and the fact he is playing right now is a joke, but these are the cards that have been dealt and Dempster has to remember that PEDs or not, A-Rod is talented. No one knows just how talented he really is as we don’t know when we are watching a clean A-Rod vs. a PEDed A-Rod, but he can hit and is always going to be at worst an above average player.
Dempster has a 4.77 ERA now and 6-9 record. That’s not good enough and if Dempster is going to go out and make a statement like he did last night, he HAS to back it up. Terrible outcome. Horrible loss.
I will say that last night’s game was interesting and certainly reminiscent of Red Sox v. Yankee games of old.