Dickey (9-10) took the loss after allowing five runs on eight hits and two walks in five innings Saturday against the Mets. Dickey continues to struggle mightily in September after impressing in July and August, in which he compiled a healthy 2.97 ERA through 11 starts. Saturday marked the first outing all season Dickey failed to record a strikeout, and he now owns a brutal 10.02 ERA and 2.09 WHIP through three starts this month. While he's proven to be a viable fantasy option over portions of the season, the knuckleballer may be too volatile to trust as the fantasy season winds to a close. His next matchup comes against the Phillies on Friday.
Dickey allowed five runs on six hits and three walks across five innings in a no-decision Sunday against the Marlins. He struck out five. Dickey's poor outing stemmed largely from a pair of rough innings -- a three-run second frame in which he walked the bases loaded with nobody out and a two-run fifth that began with three straight hits. He threw 67 percent of his pitches for strikes but missed over the plate with regularity and stacked up baserunners. Dickey has slid into a poor run of form over his last five starts, allowing at least four earned runs in four of those to raise his ERA to 4.38. He will look to get back on track Saturday against the Mets.
Dickey (9-8) was masterful in the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader in Philadelphia, nabbing the win after allowing just one run on seven hits with one walk and nine strikeouts over eight innings. Dickey benefited from the extra day of rest after his scheduled Tuesday start was rained out, holding Philadelphia without an extra-base hit while tying his season high in strikeouts. The only damage against him came thanks to a trio of singles in the seventh, but the game was well out of reach at that point with Atlanta holding a 9-0 lead. Dickey would be in contention for his second NL Cy Young award if he could just face the Phillies every time out, as the veteran knuckleballer is now 2-0 with a 0.81 ERA and 25:4 K:BB over 22 innings in three starts against them this season. He'll next face one of his many former teams when the Rangers come to town Monday.
Dickey had his scheduled start for Tuesday against the Phillies postponed due to rain, David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The Braves and Phillies will make up the contest Wednesday as part of a doubleheader, with Dickey set to start Game 1 of the twin bill, while Julio Teheran takes the hill for Game 2. While Dickey will still benefit from a matchup with one of the National League's weaker teams, he'll now miss out on a potential two-start week, as he no longer lines up for a second turn Sunday against the Cubs.
Dickey gave up four runs on 11 hits and two walks over six innings while striking out six in a no-decision against the Mariners on Wednesday. Five of those 11 hits were doubles, including two by Robinson Cano, but the knuckleballer was able to keep the ball in the park and keep the Braves in the game until Jim Johnson fell apart in the eighth inning. Dickey's been generally solid since the All-Star break, delivering five quality starts in eight outings with a 3.70 ERA and 42:18 K:BB over 48.2 innings, and he'll look to get back in the win column Tuesday in Philadelphia.
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