There’s an old adage about pitching winning championships. If that’s the case, the Cubs could be on their way to winning the Cactus League. Yesterday, Ryan Dempster put up good numbers against the Brewers.
Ryan Dempster was the latest Cubs starter to look impressive early, with three scoreless innings, while giving up two hits with two walks in an eventual 6-1 victory Saturday over theMilwaukee Brewers.
Over the first seven Cactus League games, Cubs starting pitchers have posted a combined 2.08 ERA. Of course, the starters have only thrown a combined 17 1/3 innings.
Way to harsh our buzz, man. I was going to ask if the Cactus League winner got an automatic bid in the wild-card play-in game. In addition to helping the Cubs beat the Brewers, Demspter brushed back former teammate Aramis Ramirez in the first.
The high-and-tight delivery came on the first pitch Dempster made to Ramirez. So was it some type of message?
“No it just got away,” Dempster said. “I’ve seen too many times if you leave it out over the plate what he does. I was just trying to go inside. Probably in the back of your mind you don’t want to hit him so you end up letting it go a little early.”
To whomever asked that question: I don’t think spring training is the traditional time for sending messages via high fastball.