"You don't want to beat a dead horse to death," Baker said. "We'll just turn the page and try to change the subject and try to figure out what we need to do."
Dempster said he's been "horse(bleep)" but hasn't lost his confidence. Have the Cubs lost their confidence in him? They could try to pick up a closer during the offseason or promote Bob Howry or Scott Eyre for the job.
"They have to do whatever they have to do to win here," Dempster said. "I feel like I can do the job. I've done the job. Maybe I cheated the baseball Gods out of cards or something. I just have to keep fighting and not give up. I've never given up."
REPLAY: For the second day in a row, the bullpen blew a late lead and the Cubs dropped a 5-4 game to Cincinnati on Monday at Great American Ball Park. Ken Griffey Jr. hit a three-run, pinch homer in the eighth inning off Scott Eyre to put the Reds ahead.
The Cubs (63-94) scored four unearned runs off of Bronson Arroyo in the first -- the big blow was Henry Blanco's bases-loaded single to bring home two runs. But they were held scoreless the rest of the way.
The Cubs finished 30-51 on the road this season, and it's the first time they finished under .500 on the road since going 31-50 in 2001.
Even though the Cubs finished with a 79-83 mark last year, they were still posted a 41-40 away record.
Miller's last win was Aug. 3, 2005, when he was with Boston and beat Kansas City 8-5. He had shoulder surgery last September and didn't start pitching for the Cubs until Sept. 9.