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|2015 Season (CBSSports.com)||210.00||12.00||14.00||0.00||3.81||1.21||168.00||63.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Baltimore|| 12.2||0||1|| 3.55||0||5||10|
|vs LHB|| 96.2||0||0|| 2.89||0||40||74|
|vs RHB|| 113.0||0||0|| 4.54||0||31||97|
|Last 10 Games|
Blue Jays' Gibbons denies that GM is against Thole catching Dickey
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
|(3/24/15) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons denied a previous report that he wanted Josh Thole to make the club to catch knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, and general manager Alex Anthopoulos did not, according to Sportsnet.ca.
Thole is hitting .333/.423/.429 through 21 Grapefruit League at-bats.
Blue Jays' Thole could get most starts when R.A. Dickey is pitching
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(3/21/15) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons is considering having Josh Thole catch knuckleballer R.A. Dickey during the 2015 season, per Sportsnet.ca.
"If (Russell) Martin catches 130 games, he maybe more valuable with the other four starters," Gibbons said.
Blue Jays' Russell Martin, R.A. Dickey starting to develop chemistry
|by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com|
|(2/25/15) After their first pitching and catching session of the spring, Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin said he had no issues trying to catch R.A. Dickey's knuckleball, reports MLB.com.
"I think he's probably a little bit impressed with how I'm able to catch it and not struggle too much," Martin said. "I'm not making it look too pretty back there, but I think as long as I catch the ball, I think that's the most important part."
Dickey has struggled to find a catcher over the last two seasons with the Blue Jays that can handle his knuckleball, but said Martin appears to be the perfect match.
"Russell's a great athlete, and more than that, he has a real willingness and desire to unpack what it takes to catch it well," Dickey said. "I don't anticipate us having any trouble. I think he's going to be able to do it."
Blue Jays' R.A. Dickey not getting caught up in expectations
|by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com|
|(2/21/15) Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey is learning from his past. He is making sure to not worry about what people expect to see from him or the team this year, according to the Toronto Sun.
"After what happened in the 2013 season, I've always been cautious to say 'Oh, we're great,'" Dickey said. "That was a learning experience. It seems like on paper we've made some real improvements. We've certainly added some pieces. I hope we're going to be great, but we still have to find that out."
Dickey went 14-13 in 2014 with a 3.71 ERA and 173 strikeouts in 215 2/3 innings pitched.
"It's funny how it goes," Dickey said. "When the season ends, you're like 'I don't ever want to see a baseball again, forever.' Then as the off-season goes along, you start getting fevered up again. There's something innate about it. Your body knows it's time and you start getting hungry to do it again. The biggest hurdle for me is always family. The hardest thing about it for me is to look at my eight-year-old's eyes and see them well up with water because I'm leaving for an extended time again."
Blue Jays' Dickey has faith in Russell Martin catching his knuckleball
|by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com|
|(1/16/15) Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey is excited about new catcher Russell Martin and believes he can catch his knuckleball, SportsNet.com reports.
“Nothing is going to replace time spent together, and so I think from the get-go, we’re probably going to be spending a lot of time on the side, bullpens, playing catch so that he can get a feel for what that pitch does and see if he feels like it’s something he can do every day that I pitch, that’s 34 starts,” Dickey said.
Martin said he expects to be the catcher when Dickey starts and doesn't believe the knuckleball will be a problem.
Dickey went 14-13 in 2014, posting a 3.71 ERA in 215 2/3 innings.
|2014 summary: His Cy Young season now two years behind him, R.A. Dickey was remarkably ordinary for an extraordinary pitcher in 2014, powerknuckling his way to a 14-13 record and 3.71 ERA for the Blue Jays. He remained an innings eater, delivering his fourth straight season with 200-plus, but these days it takes more than that to set a player apart at starting pitcher.|
Playing time status: At age 40, Dickey has reached the stage of his career where injuries should be the expectation, which of course works against his greatest attribute, the whole innings-eater thing. His low-effort arsenal could help him defy Father Time, as is true for all knuckleballers, but given the lack of upside, why give him the benefit of the doubt?
2015 outlook: It's not that Dickey is a bad pitcher. He may not be as good as he was during his Cy Young season, but he's about like he was during the two years prior. It's just that the starting pitcher landscape has changed so much since then that he's buried behind a bunch of strikeout-per-inning, low-WHIP types. In deeper Head-to-Head points leagues, where a consistent six or seven innings really is still valuable, he's a decent pick late, but otherwise, you wouldn't be wrong to pass him up entirely.
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