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The biggest surprise about R.A. Dickey‘s 2012 season — Cy Young Award aside — was the drastic increase in strikeouts. Last year was Dickey’s seventh year featuring a knuckleball, but in the previous six seasons he’d never topped 5.88 K/9 (2009 with the Twins). It’s true that he now features what could rightly be termed a high-velocity knuckler (his average knuckleball velocity has increased every season), but does the 1.0 mph rise from 2011 explain that kind of spike in strikeout rate?It probably has more to do with the kind of knuckling action Dickey got. The knuckleball is an unpredictable pitch, even for the pitcher throwing it. While a knuckleball can pretty much move in any direction, the idea is to maximize that random movement. Brooksbaseball.net tracks the velocity and movement of every pitch thrown across the league, including Dickey’s knuckler, and according to them Dickey’s average knuckleball moved more last year than in either 2010 or 2011. In 2010 it had an average ve...
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discuss many topics including a 50 minute team meeting, player development and
what’s on the horizon for the Sox organization. Farrell seemed calm, cool and collected
when address the ambitious Red Sox media.
While the majority of Farrell’s responses to the media could be
considered lip service, the newly appointed...
DUNEDIN, Fla. – Mark Buehrle won’t be experiencing the dog days of summer.
While the pitcher is headed to Toronto, his family will split the season between Broward County in Florida and their home in St. Louis. One of their four dogs, Slater, is a mix of bulldog and American Staffordshire Terrier — which is of pit bull lineage. Pit bulls are banned in the province of Ontario...
By December it became clear Sandy Alderson would trade R.A. Dickey before his Cy Young Award could collect a spec of dust. The only questions remaining were where the knuckleballer would land and who the Mets would receive in return.
It came as little surprise that Alex Anthopoulos was lurking — fresh off acquiring much Miami’s talent less than a month earlier. It was certain...
Mark Buehrle won't be experiencing the dog days of summer.
Almost everyone is going to pick the Mets to finish n the division. That’s a given. They are looking up and down at team rosters, and giving their projections based on the players on those rosters. A roster is simply a list of names. It can’t tell you if a player is going to have an up year or a down year, it can’t tell you if a player is going to get injured or not, nor can...
The Blue Jays are not going to win the World Series. Well, I mean, not, not ever. I am sure they will win the World Series again at some point in time, but not in 2013. Yes, you read that correctly. It is not my opinion, it is a fact. No, I did not ride a Delorean into the future and steal Biff Tannen’s Sports Almanac. I am not a soothsayer. Well, you got me, I almost never say...
The Toronto Blue Jays have won the prize for the most exciting offseason. Between their trade for NL Cy Young Award winner RA Dickey and the mega trade with the Miami Marlins, the Jays have put themselves in position where they should expect to compete for the AL East title. Remember, the Jays have not made the postseason since 1993, their last World Series title. Since last season...
They lost R.A. Dickey but kept David Wright. More importantly, the Mets' owners might have actually sorted out their financial mess. With potential money to spend and some top prospects on their way, 2013 could be the start of the Mets' resurgence.
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