Since signing with the Blue Jays before the 2013 season, R.A. Dickey had been gradually declining as a strike-thrower, and in the early portion of 2015, it looked like he was on the verge of losing any semlance of control. By midseason, Dickey had started throwing strikes at a rate reminiscent of his Mets days, and his knuckleball velocity was increasing as well. His final start before the All-Star break was one of his best of the year, and he continued to pitch well over the second half, posting a 2.78 ERA over his final 16 starts. Dickey will return for one more season in Toronto, and he should continue to be useful for owners in deeper mixed leagues.
Dickey's club option for 2016 was exercised by the Blue Jays Tuesday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports. Dickey, who turned 41 years-old at the end of October, recorded his usual 200+ innings with the Blue Jays in 2015, but struggled to push his ERA under 4.00 for much of the season. While the knuckleballer did record a 1.19 WHIP -- tied for the second lowest mark of his career -- it remains to be seen where Toronto will slot him into the rotation next year, with multiple starters expected to receive some interest in free agency this offseason.
Dickey will start Game 4 of the ALCS against the Royals on Tuesday, John Lott of the National Post reports. The 40-year-old knuckleballer more than held his own in Game 4 of the ALDS, but he had a short hook, and that will likely be the case Tuesday in the second game of the series at Rogers Centre. Dickey shut out the Royals over seven innings, allowing just two hits and two walks, in his lone start against them during the regular season (Aug. 2).
R.A. Dickey will receive the start in Game 4 should the Blue Jays win Sunday's Game 3 against the Rangers, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports. Rather than throw David Price on short rest, the Blue Jays instead have elected to turn to the veteran Dickey on the mound should the series require it. Dickey would face Derek Holland if the series advances to four games.
Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey allowed two runs on four hits, he did not walk a batter and struck out two over seven innings of a 5-3 win against Tampa Bay on Friday night. Dickey (11-11, 4.00 ERA) has now turned in quality starts in five of his last six outings. The Jays are smelling the playoffs and the veteran knuckleballer is feeling it. He has been a bit of a disappointment after being acquired from the Mets, but if he can get it done in the post-season most of that disappointment might evaporate.
Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey got a no-decision Saturday despite a quality start, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk over six innings while striking out three. It's Dickey's fourth QS in his last five starts. He'll look to make it five of six in his next start Friday, at home against the Rays.