Fake Teams takes a look at some good starting pitchers who are toiling for bad teams and lists our own R.A. Dickey among his five picks.
Yes, he is 37-years old. But, in knuckleball years, he is really like 27. Now that he has returned from climbing Mt. Kilmanjaro, with all his fingers and toes, Dickey should continue his surprising success against National League hitters. Over the last 2 seasons at home, he is 9-12 with an anemic 2.87 ERA and a spectacular 1.10 WHIP in 196+ IP. I know, I know, the fences are moving in at Citi Field. But it’s not like Citi Field will, all of a sudden, become a hitter’s park. Anyway, let’s look how he did on the road. 10-10, 3.29 ERA, 1.32 WHIP in 186+ IP. That is why I like Dickey over all the other Mets starters, who all had ERAs north of 5.00 on the road last year. If you can get Dickey’s road line for the entire season, I would be first in line to sign up for that. So, in two years with the Mets, Dickey’s line looks like this: 19-22, 3.08 ERA, 1.21 WHIP.
Dickey could have easily been a two time 15 game winner for the Mets if not for some terrible run support and some shoddy relief. He has become the de facto ace of this team.