Blue Jays Need R.A Dickey Back On His Game

- By Steffen Ploeger

The Toronto Blue Jays are counting on Cy Young Award winning pitcher R.A Dickey to settle into his game if the team hopes to meet playoff expectations. Dickey was one of the most important assets acquired by the Toronto Blue Jays in the offseason, but as reported on, things don't always go according to plan.

Dickey was acquired by the Jays on December 16, 2012 as part of a blockbuster deal with the New York Mets. Dickey is one of the few pitchers in the MLB who uses the knuckleball as his signature pitch, and during his final season with the Mets, Dickey became the first knuckleball pitcher to win the Cy Young Award. The Blue Jays wanted Dickey to lead a new roster of pitchers during their 2013 season, and with the pitchers on the team, fans quickly dubbed Toronto a World Series contender for the first time since 1993.

Unfortunately, Dickey's first performances in Toronto fell well short of expectations. The knuckleballer admits to buckling under the pressure, and surrendered ten runs in his first two starts with the Blue Jays. Although the offense failed to connect with powerhouse hits of their own, Dickey's first two performances had many fans questioning if the trade for the Cy Young Award winner was really worth it.

However, Dickey bounced back in his next performance in which his pitching helped the Blue Jays pull off a win. Dickey's last start against the Chicago White Sox was arguably his best start of the year, throwing for six innings and surrendering only two hits. Unfortunately, tightness in his neck and upper back forced him to sit out the rest of the game, though the Jays did pull off an impressive win.

Dickey says after a few days off, his upper body is feeling much better, and he will make his scheduled start against the Baltimore Orioles. Blue Jays fans are hoping the good Dickey who came through against Chicago will step onto the mound in Baltimore.

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