To say that R.A. Dickey‘s inaugural season with the Toronto Blue Jays was a failure would be an understatement. Many MLB pundits predicted Dickey to struggle in the highly-competitive AL East, but the fact he finished with a 4.21 ERA was a surprise to even the most stout Dickey pessimist.
Even still, Toronto is still giving the 39-year-old a chance to regain his Cy Young form in 2014. Rather than throw the electric Brandon Morrow or youthful Kyle Drabek on the mound for game one of the regular season; Blue Jays manager John Gibbons named Dickey the team’s opening day starter for 2014 on Tuesday.
Surely, Dickey has the potential to break out once again this year, but the more likely scenario is for the knuckle-ball pitcher to get pounded around by the AL East for a second straight season. Let’s be honest; even Tim Wakefield struggled later in his career, so it’s not all that surprising to see Dickey’s once-dominant statistics slowly starting to deteriorate.
Dickey is a washed-up waste of space if you ask me, but the more optimistic folks are bound to call the Blue Jays’ starter a “proven winner” or something lame like that. At the end of the day; it’s going to take more than one incredibly fluky season with the New York Mets to turn me into a believer.