Blue Jays Starting Rotation Power Rankings
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R.A. Dickey has been the hard luck starter thus far. He’s gone 3 starts and sits at 0-1 having gone 19.1 innings. That’s more than 6 innings per start. His K/9 totals are quite good thus far at 7.45. As well, his HR/9 is minuscule at 0.93 having given up 2. He’s holding batters to a very impressive .164 average. And, anyone who does get on base is being stranded 80.2% of the time.
What has hurt Dickey is the walks. He has allowed 12 free passes in his 19 innings. That’s a rate of 5.59/9. It explains why his xFIP is so high at 4.92. If his team is going to only score 3.33 runs per game (according to oddsshark.com) Dickey is going to have to be that much sharper with his command. Which may be asking a bit much from a guy who throws a knuckle ball.
When Dickey starts, the Blue Jays potent offense has not been helping him out like they are capable of doing. This is going to be a problem moving forward Dickey can only do so much. Asking him to control a semi-uncontrollable pitch better is unfair. Yes, his command should improve. It has to. But, for right now, Dickey is doing the best job of any one of the other starters.
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