After recording just one out and allowing seven runs against the Diamondbacks on April 28, Ryan Dempster probably was sent to the waiver wire in many leagues, to the bench and traded. It was the second consecutive start he allowed seven earned runs and he allowed nine home runs in his first six starts.
In his last two starts, the Dempster we expected to see has surfaced. Dempster had his second consecutive strong outing going seven innings, allowing five hits, no walks, two runs, and struck out four in a loss. In his previous start, the righthander went seven innings and allowed six hits, one run, two walks, and struck out five.
I already acquired Dempster in a trade and I think he's someone to buy low now. He has a 7.6 K/9 and a 3.6 BB/9 and walks have been a problem at times in the past. The 7.20 ERA isn't indicative of how he has pitched. The biggest problem for Dempster has been home runs with two allowed per nine innings. In his career, he has averaged one home run per inning. With a home run to fly ball ratio of 22 percent, regression will come since his career average is 11 percent, especially for a pitcher that has a career fly ball percentage of just 33 percent. The strand rate stands at 60 percent, which is about 12 percent below the league average.
Dempster has already pitched much better in his last two starts, so if he was dropped in your league, get him now and the chance to buy low may still be there.