Like clockwork each season, one starter regularly takes his turn in the rotation when the offense takes the night off, and no matter how well, or average, that pitcher performs, it’s not enough.
That’s Ryan Dempster’s fate this year with the Red Sox. Last night was further proof.
Dempster spread out eight hits and three runs over his six innings while he waited for the offense to come to life — and that never happened.

Jeremy Hellickson kept the Sox to two runs in his six innings and four relievers completely shut down the lineup, as the Tampa Bay Rays scored a 6-2 win at Fenway Park.
“Seemingly there’s a guy on each staff that might pitch on the wrong day, that’s probably the case with Ryan on a few occasions,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “That’s something completely out of his control and yet at the same time, we’re in a position to win most every time he walks to the mound.”
In 15 starts, Dempster (4-8, 4.23 ERA) received two or fewer runs of support eight times. In five of his eight losses, he has allowed three runs or fewer. Those kinds of performances should translate into better numbers. What’s worse is that the team has gone 6-9 when he starts.
“I just wish we were winning more of the games that I’m starting, that’s all I care about, that the day I pitch, we win,” Dempster said. “We’re not winning those right now. Just got to keep working hard, keep trying to make better pitches and get better every time out and give us a chance to win.”
Dempster has his fingers crossed that the odds of seeing some life from his offense on nights he’s out there should start to even out eventually.