R. A. Dickey: 2012 Fantasy Baseball Pitcher Of Year

By Adam McGill
Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

New York Mets starting pitcher, R. A. Dickey, or Robert Allen Dickey, has enjoyed a masterful 2012 season.

Dickey has shown flawless command over his pitches this season, which is almost unprecedented from a knuckleball pitcher.  Dickey has only walked 45 batters in just under 200 innings of work this season, and he has done it very quickly from the bump.

Dickey’s 2.65 ERA and 1.04 WHIP are also among the best in both leagues.  He has an intimidating 18-5 record right now, along with 22 quality starts this season.  Ironically, Dickey has been the Mets’ ace pitcher, despite opening the year as fourth starter in the rotation.

The veteran simply has not allowed batters to get comfortable at the plate, which could account for his career high strikeout totals.  Dickey has struck out a phenomenal 197 batters in 205 innings of work, and he is well on his way to winning the first NL Cy Young for the Mets since Dwight “Doc” Gooden won his in 1985.

The veteran knuckleballer has also thrown 5 complete games, which is behind only Detroit Tigers‘ starter Justin Verlander, for the major league lead.  Additionally, Dickey has put up better numbers than the 2011 AL MVP and AL Cy Young Award winner, which has only cemented Dickey’s title as fantasy baseball’s best pitcher this season.

Week in and week out, Dickey has proven to be the fantasy ace on an otherwise mundane staff.  He went completely undrafted in almost every league this year, so the fact that he is leading  most pitchers in overall points, is unheard of.

This was one of the most unforgettable fantasy seasons from any pitcher in the history of the game; let alone a knuckleball pitcher.  For years people will be talking about how they stole R. A. Dickey for a buck; and won.

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