R.A. Dickey's 2016 is a campaign he'll be happy to put in the rearview mirror. His numbers across the board were pretty awful. He lost a career-high 15 games while putting up his highest ERA (4.46) and WHIP (1.37) since becoming a starter in 2010 with the Mets. Despite a small spike in K/9 (6.7) from 2015, Dickey walked away from this past year with a disappointing 2.0 K/BB over 169.7 innings, his lowest inning total in any of his 14 MLB seasons with 16-plus starts. The knuckleballer surrendered the AL's sixth-worst home run rate at 1.49 HR/9 while owning the third-worst FIP (5.03) in his respective league. Since winning the NL Cy Young as a Met in 2012, many of veteran's number have been trending in the wrong direction. At 41 years old, Dickey has acknowledged that retirement is on the horizon, but he will continue his career with Atlanta in 2017 and hope his numbers improve with a return to the National League.
Dickey gave up two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out three over six innings during Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets. Michael Conforto touched him up for a solo home run in a rough first inning, but the knuckleballer settled down after that and retired 12 of the last 13 batters he faced. Dickey is set to take the mound for the Braves' fourth game of the season but will get in one more spring start before then.
Dickey gave up six runs (four earned) on six hits and three walks while striking out three over 5.2 innings during Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Marlins. While it was at least his longest outing so far this spring, Dickey's inability to get the ball past hitters is becoming alarming. The 42-year-old now carries a 7.20 ERA through 15 innings, a number that would be even more bloated if not for seven unearned runs across four starts, and his 8:8 K:BB doesn't offer much of a rebuttal. The knuckleballer has generally been a poor spring performer in his career -- in fact, he's only had a Grapefruit League ERA below 5.00 once in the last five years -- but after a disappointing 2016 campaign, the poor March numbers mark him as a pitcher at best only worth a late-round dart in very deep fantasy formats.
Dickey allowed six runs (five earned) on eight hits and two walks while striking out three in 4.1 innings during Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers. The Atlanta defense has been letting him down all spring -- Dickey's been saddled with five unearned runs through three appearances -- but there are only so many excuses that can be made for a 7.71 ERA and 2.14 WHIP. The Braves are counting on the veteran knuckleballer to at least supply them with consistent innings in 2017, but after losing his spot in the Blue Jays' rotation late last season, Dickey could suffer a similar fate this year if he continues to struggle and some of the club's younger arms are making noise for Triple-A Gwinnett.
Dickey coughed up five runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks in three innings during Saturday's split-squad game against the Marlins. The veteran knuckleballer isn't going to lose any sleep over a bad outing in early March, but better efforts from Dickey as the spring progresses might help make him something more than a late-round dart in deep fantasy formats.
Dickey allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits and a walk over two innings, striking out two, in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers. The 42-year-old is coming off his worst season since developing his knuckleball and becoming a full-time starter, posting a 4.46 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 2016, but the move back to the NL East should help temper those ratios. The Braves aren't counting on Dickey for anything more than a regular turn in the rotation, but with a young and improving lineup supporting him, he could still have real value in deeper NL-only formats.