At this point, my dream for Ryan Dempster is that he'll be the Cubs' lone all-star representative in 2012 without actually winning a game. The possibility is still in play (although Castro and LaHair are potential problems), but he'll somehow need to clear the upcoming two-start week without earning a win. It won't be easy, since he's facing a pair of sub-.500 teams, one of which is actually sub-.400 (Minnesota).
Dempster's current record is 0-3, yet he's posted terrific ratios (2.90 ERA, 1.15 WHIP) while delivering six quality starts and striking out hitters at his usual clip (8.24 K/9). Unfortunately, the Cubs have scored two runs or less in five of his starts this season. Thus, he's 0-3.
So is this the week he dents the win column? Dunno. But you can expect his typical contributions in every other category. Feel free to use him if you've got him.
Beyond the jump, you'll find all the two-start SPs, arranged the way you like 'em...
Clayton Kershaw — at PHI (Worley), at SEA (Millwood)
Cliff Lee — LAD (Billingsley), BAL (Hammel)
Anibal Sanchez — ATL (Delgado), TB (Shields)
Jordan Zimmermann — NYM (Gee), at BOS (Lester)
Jeff Samardzija — at SF (Vogelsong), at MIN (Diamond)
Yovani Gallardo — CHC (Dempster), SD (Bass)
Ryan Dempster — at MIL (Gallardo), at MIN (De Vries)
Ryan Vogelsong — CHC (Samardzija), TEX (Feldman)
Vance Worley — LAD (Kershaw), at BAL (Arrieta)
Kyle Lohse — at NYM (Hefner), CLE (Masterson)
Ian Kennedy — COL (Guthrie), OAK (Vida Blue. No, that's a joke. TBD)
Tim Lincecum — at SD (Bass), TEX (Holland)
Jaime Garcia — at HOU (Harrell), CLE (Jimenez)
Approved for limited use
Homer Bailey — PIT (Lincoln), DET (Smyly)
Chad Billingsley — at PHI (Lee), at SEA (Vargas)
Randall Delgado — at MIA (Sanchez), TOR (Romero)
Joe Saunders — COL (Friedrich), OAK (Parker)
Dillon Gee — at WAS (Zimmermann), at NYY (Pettitte)
Anthony Bass — SF (Lincecum), at MIL (Gallardo)
Brad Lincoln — at CIN (Bailey), KC (Smith)
Nope. Nuh-uh. No thank you.
Christian Friedrich — at ARI (Saunders), LAA (Haren)
Jeremy Guthrie — at ARI (Kennedy), LAA (Santana)
Lucas Harrell — STL (Garcia), at CWS (Humber)
Complete and total trust
Sure, OK. Mostly trustworthy
James Shields — at NYY (Pettitte), at MIA (Sanchez)
Ricky Romero — at CWS (Humber), at ATL (Delgado)
Jason Hammel — at BOS (Lester), PHI (Lee)
Jon Lester — BAL (Hammel), WAS (Zimmermann)
Jarrod Parker — TEX (Feldman), at ARI (Saunders)
Jason Vargas — at LAA (Santana), LAD (Billingsley)
Drew Smyly — CLE (Jimenez), at CIN (Bailey)
Andy Pettitte — TB (Shields), NYM (Gee)
Not officially approved, but I'd be willing to look the other way
Phil Humber — TOR (Romero), HOU (Harrell)
Only if your league doesn't penalize for walks and homers...
Derek Holland — at OAK (Blackley), at SF (Lincecum)
Ervin Santana — SEA (Vargas), at COL (Guthrie)
Ubaldo Jimenez — at DET (Smyly), at STL (Garcia)
Scott Feldman — at OAK (Parker), at SF (Vogelsong)
How did it come to this?
Will Smith — MIN (De Vries), at PIT (Lincoln)
Cole De Vries — at KC (Smith), CHC (Dempster)