Ryan Dempster does everything but win

Updated: May 15, 2012, 11:01 AM ET
By Eric Karabell

Chicago Cubs right-hander Ryan Dempster enters Monday leading the major leagues with a 1.02 ERA, his WHIP is an outstanding 0.85, and he's fanned 36 hitters in 35 1/3 innings. Still, you somehow won't find his name among the top 40 pitchers on ESPN's Player Rater. OK, how is that possible? Oh yeah, Dempster somehow remains winless on the season.

Blame the Cubs' offense and sketchy relief corps, as Dempster has allowed only six runs in his five starts -- he missed two starts with a disabled list stint for a right quad injury -- but brings a 0-1 record into Monday night's game on ESPN at the St. Louis Cardinals. Tampa Bay Rays right-hander James Shields is 6-1 despite a 3.52 ERA. Tommy Milone of the Oakland Athletics has a 3.92 ERA and is 5-2, and Boston Red Sox enigma Clay Buchholz is 4-1 despite a brutal 8.31 ERA and 1.97 WHIP plus more walks than strikeouts this season. Dempster's ERA is nearly half of Buchholz's WHIP, yet he's the one without a victory.