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 (1-2) allowed three runs on three hits and two walks over seven innings while striking out three in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Nationals. His knuckleball was dancing almost the entire night, but one of the few that didn't got crushed for a two-run homer by Ryan Zimmerman in the sixth inning that proved to be the difference. Dickey now boasts a 3.86 ERA and 1.39 WHIP through 18.2 innings, but his 13:7 K:BB and 5.18 FIP are reminders that those ratios could collapse in a hurry. The 42-year-old will next take the mound Wednesday on the road against the Mets.
Dickey (1-1) earned his first win of the season Saturday against the Padres, allowing two runs on seven hits and one walk across six innings. He struck out six. Dickey allowed back-to-back solo homers in the second inning to account for all of the damage against him, but he allowed just three baserunners in his final four frames en route to a quality start. He efficiently needed just 89 pitches to get through six and improved his command significantly after walking four in his season debut. Dickey's bounce-back performance was a welcome sign after he struggled last week and he will look to deliver more of the same Thursday against the Nationals.
Dickey (0-1) coughed up six runs (three earned) on nine hits and four walks while striking out four in 5.2 innings during Saturday's 6-4 loss to the Pirates. While the Atlanta defense didn't hold up their end of the bargain, committing two errors behind him while Kurt Suzuki allowed three passed balls trying to corral Dickey's knuckleball, giving up 13 baserunners isn't a reliable path to success for any pitcher. The 42-year-old's next turn in the rotation will come Saturday at home against the Padres.
Dickey is confirmed as the Braves' starter Saturday at the Pirates, Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The knuckleballer was swapped with Mike Foltynewicz for this weekend's assignment. He'll work in pitcher-friendly PNC Park, so perhaps it's worth using him in deeper fantasy leagues as a streaming option.
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.
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