What a difference a year makes for former New York Mets‘ ace R.A. Dickey. After signing a four-year, $41 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, the former Cy Young winner has fallen completely off the face of the MLB world.
Last season, Dickey had his first 20-win season on his way to his first Cy Young award and All-Star Game appearance. The knuckleballer had a 2.73 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP (walks/hits per innings pitched). He struck out 230 batters while walking just 54. Dickey was on top of the MLB world and was one of the most feared pitchers in the majors.
This season has been completely different for Dickey. He’s struggled to a 6-8 record with an ERA of 5.15 which puts him 11th worst in the MLB. He’s struck out 72 batters and has walked 40. While his strikeout rate has still been solid, the right-hander has had a tough time keeping opposing teams off the scoreboard.
Just twice this season has Dickey been able to keep hold teams to no runs while he’s on the mound compared to eight scoreless appearances in 2012. Dickey has also had trouble keeping the damage to a minimum. Last season, Dickey was usually able to hold teams to just one or two runs. This season, he has given up at least four-runs eight times this season.
While there has been a lot of bad, there has been some good for Dickey this season. Against the San Francisco Giants in May, he held them to just two-runs and struck out 10. In eight games this season, Dickey has struck out at least five batters. While the dominance is still there, it’s inconsistency that has let him down in 2013.
It has been a rough season for someone who used to be the MLB’s most dominant pitcher. When in context with his contract, R.A. Dickey has certainly been underperforming and somewhat disappointing this season.