Chicago Cubs: Ryan Dempster Turning Around Season but Some Concerns Linger

June 14, 2011 by  

Despite his 5.48 ERA, Ryan Dempster continues to prove that his terrible April (9.58 ERA) was just an aberration, and that he should still be considered one of the better pitchers in the NL Central.

Dempster's xFIP of 3.31 is the best of his career, and his peripheral numbers are similar to his 2008 to 2010 numbers (3.11 BB/9 and 8.48 K/9). 

Dempster ran into trouble in April because he allowed a staggering nine home runs in 31.1 innings pitched, a 23.7 percent HR/FB ratio. The home run ratio, along with a high BABIP of .320 and a below-average strand rate of 66.8 percent, have inflat...

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