Dickey is currently not in danger of losing his starting job to Drew Hutchison, MLB.com reports. Dickey has a 6.75 ERA through five starts, which is ugly, but isn't much different from his performance at the start of recent seasons. From 2013-15, Dickey had April ERAs of 4.50, 5.09 and 5.23, respectively, and each year, he went on to have a strong second half. If the downward trend continues, Hutchison could receive an opportunity, but that line of thinking is still a long way off.
Dickey (1-3) was shelled for six runs on eight hits over six innings in Tuesday's loss to the White Sox, striking out three with one walk. Dickey is still yet to top six innings pitched this season, but his 4.13 FIP suggests there's legitimate hope for improvement on his atrocious 6.75 ERA. The veteran knuckleballer has delivered only one quality start in five tries to date, and has given up six runs in each of his first two home appearances. He'll look to improve his results at the Rogers Centre with the Rangers in town Monday.
Dickey (1-2) pitched six innings, allowing three runs, five hits and two walks while striking out five against the Orioles on Wednesday. He did not factor in the decision. Through four outings in 2016, the knuckleballer has a 6.10 ERA and 1.69 WHIP. There are a couple of reasons to remain optimistic about Dickey moving forward. So far, most of the damage has been done in two outings (both of his loses) against the Red Sox. Also, Dickey got off to a terrible start last season before going on to finish with the second-best WHIP (1.19) of his career. It's not time to panic on the 2012 Cy Young winner just yet.
Dickey allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits, walking four and striking out three over 4.2 innings as Toronto dropped a 5-3 decision against the Red Sox on Friday night. Dickey (1-2, 6.75 ERA) couldn't find the strike zone, needing 106 pitches (62 for strikes) to record just 14 outs, and when he did get the ball over the plate, the Red Sox hitters found holes. Knuckleball pitchers will have nights like this, but the Jays will hope for better results when Dickey takes on Baltimore on the road in his next start.
Dickey struck out nine and also surrendered eight hits, seven runs (six earned) and two walks over five innings in Saturday's 8-4 loss to the Red Sox. The knuckleballer labored through five innings and 101 pitches, giving up RBI doubles to Xander Bogaerts and Travis Shaw in the first, which were preceded by Dustin Pedroia's RBI groundout. He also gave up a Blake Swihart sacrifice fly in the fourth, and a Hanley Ramirez RBI triple in the fifth that bounced over the head of Jose Bautista. His knuckler also prompted two passed balls by catcher Josh Thole, and Dickey was also guilty of a wild pitch. Dickey's next trip to the mound is likely to come on Thursday versus the Yankees.
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