Dickey (7-12) pitched 5.2 innings, allowing seven runs (six earned), four hits and four walks while striking out five Padres in Wednesday's loss. The veteran couldn't take advantage of the draw versus a weak Padres lineup and dropped his third straight start. Dickey issued more walks than he had in a game since June 3 against Boston, a span of nine starts. Despite starting 19 of his 24 batters with first-pitch strikes, the knuckleballer only threw 65 percent of his day's pitches in the zone. Over Dickey's last three campaigns, he's typically gotten better post All-Star break, but 2016 has been a much different story. In the righty's three starts since the Midsummer Classic, he's 0-3 with a 10.44 ERA and 12:9 K:BB in 14.2 innings. He'll look to get on track when he toes the rubber for his next start Tuesday in Houston.
Dickey (7-11) gave up six earned runs on seven hits and two walks over three innings in Saturday's 14-5 loss to the Mariners. He struck out three. The veteran knuckleballer took it on the chin once again, with the most significant blow coming on a grand slam in the third inning by Nelson Cruz that helped end his afternoon early. Dickey threw 72 pitches in that brief time span, with the 11 swinging strikes he induced one of the few positives. After a solid stretch of pitching through June and early July, Dickey has now surrendered 11 earned runs on 12 hits and five walks over the nine innings covering his last two starts, while also yielding four homers during that span. The 41-year-old will try to right the ship next Friday versus the Orioles.
Dickey (7-10) gave up five earned runs on five hits and three walks over six-plus innings in Saturday's 5-4 loss to the A's. He struck out four but also gave up three homers. The veteran knuckleballer was hit hard by a team he'd dominated over the prior three seasons in the A's. Dickey couldn't stay away from the long ball, giving up a pair of solo round-trippers to Khris Davis and a three-run blast to Ryon Healy. The outing broke a streak of three straight quality starts for the 41-year-old, and marked the third time in the last five outings that Dickey had surrendered multiple homers. He'll look to rebound against the Mariners next Saturday.
Through 19 starts, Dickey (7-9) hits the All-Star Break with a 3.93 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 83:40 K:BB in 116.2 innings. After a terrible first month of the season in which he went 1-3 in five starts with a 6.76 ERA, Dickey rebounded nicely and now has his ERA at its best mark of the season. The knuckleballer struggled with efficiency early in the year, tossing seven-plus innings just two through his first 16 starts. However, he's locked in of late, pitching seven innings in each of his last three outings before the break. His overall numbers are reasonably in line with his career averages, and there's no reason to think he won't continue to be a productive asset to any fantasy team.
Dickey (7-9) gave up just one run on five hits and two walks over seven innings Sunday, striking out five, to pick up the win over the Tigers. It was his third straight quality start and the outing lowered Dickey's ERA to 3.93, the first time it's been below 4.00 all season. He's completely turned his season around after a brutal April, but the Jays will need him to remain strong in the second half as they make another push for the playoffs.