At 5-3 with a 1.86 ERA, Ryan Dempster has been one of the very few bright spots thus far for the Chicago Cubs, and has not given up a run since May. Now Dempster did miss about three weeks on the DL during late June and early July, but he has made two starts since without giving up a run, putting his consecutive scoreless streak at 23 innings. Not bad. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, Dempster will be the first pitcher they face during their seven-day home stand, starting tomorrow. This won’t just be any other start for Dempster though; there is a good chance that it will be his last one as a Cub. Scouts from several teams will be in large numbers at Busch Stadium tomorrow night, including the Dodgers, who have reportedly already made an official offer for Dempster. Being a high-performing free agent-to-be veteran on a terrible team that wants to rebuild and infuse the system with young talent, Dempster is a natural trade candidate, who is well aware that every start is an “audition” for him, tomorrow being the biggest one so far. The only question is, will he continue to dazzle for scouts and throw yet another opposing lineup into the dumpster, or will he finally crack under the pressure? The Cardinals sure hope it’s the latter, but they’ll likely have to bring all the lumber they have to the yard tomorrow in order for that to happen. They will oppose with Kyle Lohse.