Monday, April 8, 2013
What's wrong with Dickey?
By Jason Catania
Safe to say, this is not what the Toronto Blue Jays had in mind when they acquired R.A. Dickey over the winter.
Through his first two starts with the Jays, the reigning NL Cy Young winner is 0-2 with an 8.44 ERA and 1.97 WHIP. The knuckleballer has also surrendered three homers in 10.2 innings.
While this could just as easily be an early-season slump or a rocky transition back to the American League, perhaps it's a personnel problem.
After all, Dickey spent the better part of the past two seasons -- his best ever -- throwing to catchers Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas when all three were with the New York Mets. Oddly, then, the Jays decided against giving a 25-man roster spot to either backstop even after obtaining both along with Dickey in the December deal.
In his first outing with Toronto, Dickey was caught by J.P. Arencibia, who had three passed balls, as the Daily News reported; in his second start, though, Dickey threw to Henry Blanco and looked even worse (10 hits, two homers and seven earned runs in just 4.2 IPs).
While Blanco is familiar with Dickey -- the two worked together on the Mets in 2010 -- it soon may be time to consider bringing in Thole to see if that has any effect on Dickey's performance.