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Chicago Cubs pitcher, Ryan Dempster wrote that on his Twitter Tuesday. When asked where he would trade to, he has not yet made up his mind and may not have an answer until the non-waver trade deadline arrives next Tuesday.
Leading the National League in ERA (2.11), his name was involved in a couple of potential trades this week, including a swap of starters between the Cubs and the Braves who were reported to send Randall Delgado for Dempster (5-4). The Los Angeles Dodgers were also interested at him.
But today, the right-hander is still wearing the Cubbies’ blue and will once again start for the Cubs (40-56) in today’s series finale against the Pittsburgh Pirates (54-42) at PNC Park.
The veteran has won five games in a row and gone 33 straight innings without conceding a run before losing to the Cardinals in St. Louis last Friday. He allowed four runs in six innings, including a home run to Matt Holliday, in that contest.
However, he is 8-13 lifetime against the Pittsburgh Pirates with an ERA of 5.39. He pitched once against the Pirates this season on May 25. The Cubs lost 1-0 although Dempster allowed a mere one run in seven frames.
Kevin Correia, starting for the Pirates this afternoon, also has some recent success and will try for his fifth straight win this afternoon. The right-hander (7-6, 4.31) pitched a no-decision against the Cubs earlier this season in which he allowed two runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings. Pittsburgh defeated Chicago 3-2 in that game.
The Cubs can look forward to sweeping the Pirates this afternoon thanks to two stellar performances by their starters two nights in a row. Jeff Samardzija shut out the Pirates limiting them to one hit in eight innings on Monday while Paul Maholm allowed only one run in eight frames Tuesday.
Alfonso Soriano contributed most of the Cubs’ offense in this series. He produced four runs in two nights, including a two-run dinger, his 19th of the season against James McDonald Tuesday.
MVP candidate Andrew McCutchen was limited to one hit at five at-bats by Cubs’ pitching. Garrett Jones managed to tally the lone run for the Pirates so far, a solo home run against Maholm.
Patrick Au Yeung