Ryan Dempster Ready To Dominate During 2010 MLB Schedule

Posted on 29 March 2010 by Lou

Ryan Dempster is ready to dominate in 2010 and if he pitches like he did on Sunday, he will do just that.  The Chicago Cubs beat the Seattle Mariners 1-0 as Dempster tossed 7 shutout innings.  Dempster allowed just 4 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 9 batters.  He was the 1st Cubs pitcher to make it into the 7th inning this spring and he was firing on all cylinders.

Dempster made these comments after the game — “I’ve been waiting for the season to start and that was as good as I’ve thrown the ball all spring by far.”  After getting himself into a bases loaded, no out jam in the top of the 7th inning, Dempster struck out the side to preserve the 1-0 lead.  He was excited about his ability to get out of the jam: “I was able to make pitches and bear down.  Even though I didn’t get extended pitch-wise a whole bunch, the intensity of pitching into the 7th and having that be your most stressful inning, it was a lot of good work and a real good stepping stone for getting ready for the season…I put a lot of pressure on myself to prepare to do that and once the game starts, I figure the preparation I put in — and I did a lot this winter, I worked really hard and I’ve worked hard this spring to go out there and be ready for the season.”  WOW – gotta like the attitude. If we get a re-focused Dempster like we had in 2008, the Cubs are going to be a much better balanced pitching team during the 2010 MLB schedule.

Two reliever finished off Dempster’s gem — Jeff Samardzija pitched a scoreless inning with 1 strikeout, while John Grabow picked up the save with a scoreless 9th inning.  I hate to get too far ahead of myself, but the Cubs pitchers are doing a helluva job.  Could this be the year?…

On offense, the Cubs managed just 5 hits, but Kosuke Fukudome’s lone hit on the day drove in Jeff Baker with the winning run.

One side note — Milton Bradley did not play in the game – what a pansy…

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