R.A. Dickey is Feeling the American League Effect

By Anthony Lenahan
Anthony Gruppuso-USA Today Sports

A year after winning the National League Cy Young award, R.A. Dickey isn’t the looking so good anymore. Dickey was lights-out for the New York Mets last season. But since being traded to the Toronto Blue Jays, his numbers has sky rocketed.

The reason why?

The National League favors pitchers a lot more than the American League. In the N.L., you face much weaker line-ups for the most part because they don’t have a designated hitter. This allows you to work around some players when you know you have the pitcher coming up who is almost an automatic out.

In the A.L., you have a DH and there is no weak spot in the line-up in fact there is actual an added strength in the line-up. You are facing a much more challenging task every time you step on the hill and you have no free outs.

Through seven starts this season, Dickey is 2-5 with a 5.36 ERA. Last season, Dickey was 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA. So far, he has already given up a third more runs this season then he did all of last season and he has only thrown a sixth of the amount of innings he did a year ago.

It is early in the season and he is struggling, but he still has time to turn it around. The only thing is he might not be able to. Ubaldo Jimenez was great in the National League, but has yet to post a good year in the American League. Could Dickey never be able to pitch well against American League teams? It is a very high possibility.

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