Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:54:50 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays C Dioner Navarro was out of the starting lineup for the third straight game Tuesday, April 22, against the Baltimore Orioles. C Josh Thole works as the personal catch for SP R.A. Dickey, who started Tuesday, and he has been hitting well. "Thole is swinging," manager John Gibbons said. "I could tell (Navarro) was starting to slow down a bit. It helps us keep (him) fresh over the whole season, and he'll be available on the bench if we need him."
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:17:52 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays SP R.A. Dickey is sporting a 6.26 ERA, a 1.652 WHIP and has 15 walks in 23 innings this year. Opposing hitters this year are being more patient with Dickey's knuckleball, and he's averaging 4.04 pitches per batter, which is up significantly from his 3.62 average during his Cy Young season a few years ago. Dickey's velocity is back, and he has more movement on his pitches than he did last season, but he's also not generating many swings and misses, and his ground-ball rate is down from the 2012 season.
Fantasy Tip: Dickey's improved velocity from last year and good health are nice signs, but the walks will need to come down in order for him to be an effective fantasy baseball piece. 2012 was an outlier that won't be atttained again, and you'll likely have to deal with more rough outings along the way if you're sticking with him.
Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:01:25 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays SP R.A. Dickey will make his next start against the Houston Astros Thursday, April 10, allowing the team to push SP Dustin McGowan back a day to split him and SP Brandon Morrow in the rotation. Morrow will start against the Astros Wednesday, April 9, while McGowan will start the opener against the Baltimore Orioles Friday, April 11.
Sat, 05 Apr 2014 14:45:55 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays SP R.A. Dickey allowed five hits and a walk while fanning six in 6 2/3 shutout innings to beat the New York Yankees Saturday, April 5.
Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:09:41 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays C Josh Thole has won the backup catching job over C Erik Kratz. Thole will be tasked with catching SP R.A. Dickey.
Thu, 13 Mar 2014 07:48:37 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays OF Moises Sierra and C Erik Kratz are in good position to make the club as bench options. Sierra has an advantage over OF Anthony Gose because Sierra is out of options and hits right-handed, which would complement DH Adam Lind for platoon duties. Melky Cabrera would be the backup center fielder if Sierra makes the club. Kratz is beating out C Josh Thole because he's been SP R.A. Dickey's primary receiver. Still, the backup backstop competition probably will last until the end of camp.
Fantasy Tip: Sierra is an intriguing AL-only dice roll because of his power-speed mix. Gose's speed could be just as useful for hopeful, cautious bidders.
Fri, 21 Feb 2014 16:23:42 -0800
The plan is for Toronto Blue Jays C Erik Kratz to continue working with SP R.A. Dickey this spring, meaning Kratz has the inside track over C Josh Thole for the job to back up C Dioner Navarro. However, manager John Gibbons is saying not to read anything into it, despite praising Kratz's work with the knuckleballer.
Wed, 19 Feb 2014 19:38:50 -0800
Toronto Blue Jays SP R.A. Dickey is honored to be named as the opening day starter for the second consecutive season. "What an honor, to represent not only a team but as country on the first night of the year," Dickey said Wednesday, Feb. 19. "It's pretty special. And I never take something that lightly. My story is such that those kinds of experiences are highly valued."
Fantasy Tip: Dickey will open the season Tuesday, April 1, with a road start against the Tampa Bay Rays. In case you wanted to get a quick jump on things, he was 3-1 with a 2.93 ERA in six starts with one complete game against the Rays in 2013, and he was 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA in three outings with the complete game coming at Tropicana Field. It appears he will get off to a quick start for fantasy owners as he faces a team he is obviously comfortable against.
Wed, 19 Feb 2014 14:54:12 -0800
Toronto Blue Jays SP R.A. Dickey has asked his catchers to wear a helmet camera so he can review film of his knuckleball. Dickey has been very impressed with that pitch this spring. "The more information for me, the better. It's good to get kind of a real unique perspective," Dickey said. "When you can put a camera on top of a catcher's mask, I can really see my body as it comes down the slopes, see mechanically what it does. That camera in particular is high-definition so I can see rotation and things like that. It gives me great feedback, which is why I wanted to use it."
Tue, 18 Feb 2014 16:19:11 -0800
Toronto Blue Jays SP R.A. Dickey will start on opening day March 31 against the Tampa Bay Rays.