Dave shows off his catching skills.
Dickey of course has made his way into the spotlight this season by dominating hitters with his signature pitch, going 12-1 during the first half.
To go along with his outstanding win/loss record, Dickey has also stuck out 123, has an ERA of 2.40 and a 0.93 WHIP.
With his ridiculous performance, most figured he would start for the National League in the All-Star game, however that was not the case, as manager Tony LaRussa decided to start Matt Cain instead.
LaRussa is old school and decided the familiar combo of Cain and Buster Posey, gave the NL a better chance at winning. Plus the fact that Posey has no prior experience with catching knuckleballers.
Dickey even admitted that Posey may not be the best option to catch him:
“If I’m brought into the game — because you only have two catchers now, and Buster Posey hasn’t seen me at all – and all of a sudden here he is with seven warm-up pitches, that’s a whole different animal.”
A lot of people were very upset with LaRussa’s decision. Many thought Dickey’s superior numbers earned him the right to start the ASG.
I understand and respect LaRussa’s decision, and really don’t think it’s that big of a deal. The whole point of the All-Star winner earning home field advantage for their league, was suppose to get teams to try. That’s all LaRussa was doing…he was doing what he thought was best to win the game.
His strategy certainly didn’t fail, as the NL crushed the AL 8-0.