Another fine performance by both Ryan Theriot and Ryan Dempster. Theriot finished the night going 3-3 with a triple, two walks and three RBIs. On the mound, Dempster pitched seven strong innings giving up only one run (on an 0-2 wild pitch) while striking out nine.
Dempster earned his second road decision and he improved his overall record to 12-4. He should be mentioned, along with his teammate Carlos Zambrano for the NL Cy Young. Meanwhile, Theriot has been the catalyst for the Cubs all season. He is leading the team in hits and is closing in on 50 multiple hit games.
The importance of these two is so huge to this team. I didn’t think Dempster was gonna be one of the best pitchers in the league this year making the switch from closer last year to starter this year, but he has been invaluable. The same can be said for Theriot.
These two should be considered for the team’s first half MVP. Some may argue, but without these two, who knows where this team would be. Especially snce no one predicted at the beginning of the season that they were gonna be such important pieces to this Cubs team.
Dusty Baker, among his many faults when he was at the helm, never really gave Theriot a chance. Dusty always did play his favorites including Neifi Perez. So, credit must be given to Sweet Lou for giving Theriot the chance to play every day and for sticking with him. He is definetly the most improved player on this Cubs team this year from last year. He is on his way to 200+ hits this year. If that isn’t a catalyst, I don’t know what is.
The two Ryans….MVPs of the team? One does it on the mound, the other with the glove and the bat. If you list all these two have done for this team this year and then subtract those contributions you gain more of an appreciation of their impact. Carlos Zambrano, Rich Harden, Derek Lee, Aramis Ramirez, and Alfonso Soriano get the press – Ryan Dempster and Ryan Theriot simply get it done.