Ryan Dempster, while not being the best starter in the rotation or even having a winning record this season, has actually turned out to be worth almost every penny for the Boston Red Sox. Boston was striving to find good character guys who would enjoy playing in Boston. Dempster has been that and then some. Not only has he been great for the clubhouse, he has been a horse in the rotation.
Yes, his record has not been impressive. However, when you think of some of the sludge that got dragged out by Boston last year at the back end of the rotation, Dempster really does not look so bad. Now that Boston is heading into the postseason and their ace Clay Buchholz is back after a three-month injury, it was assumed that someone would have to head to the bullpen.
It appears as though Felix Doubront was less than thrilled about moving out there, so Dempster was the best choice.
This actually could be very good for the team. Dempster can get strikeouts when needed, and that could be very important in a postseason game. Boston really doesn’t have anyone like that setting up other than Junichi Tazawa, who has been lit up quite a bit recently. Having Dempster only in there for an inning might help his stuff look that much better.
As well, he has bullpen experience. He was the closer for the Chicago Cubs and had some success. This is a role that he can adapt to.
I think that this shows Boston and its fans what a team player Dempster truly is. He went to the bullpen without a complaint, without any issues and wants to do what he can to help the team.
It very much reminds me of Tim Lincecum last year with the San Francisco Giants. Lincecum had struggled in the rotation. He was moved to the bullpen and became a dominating weapon out there, helping the Giants become champions. If this Dempster move works, it could fill a big weakness for Boston.