Charging The Mound: Examining Toronto Blue Jays’ 2015 Starting Rotation

What would the average Toronto Blue Jays‘ fan wish to see under their tree on Christmas morning? … There are plenty of options to choose from: Stabilization at second base Bullpen reinforcements The process of implementing a natural playing surface into the Rogers Centre coming to fruition Reduced ticket prices An addition to the starting rotation Wishful thinking on the price...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

7 questions you always wanted to ask a Red Sox knuckleball pitcher

Steven Wright (#65)Eric D. Schabell Contributing Writer This is a bit of a different story than you usually encounter here, one that came together a bit by chance, a bit by luck and due to the willingness of an athlete to impart knowledge on an inquisitive fan.This story is about Steven Wright, the only knuckleball pitcher since Tim Wakefield to break into the Red Sox rotation.We...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Seasons greetings from Mets360

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us at Mets360 to you and yours! Thanks for your support and may your days be filled with joy.       Related Posts: Happy holidays from Mets360 R.A. Dickey joins the Mets’ 20-win club 1986 Mets versus 2013 Mets: Bench How the Mets saved Christmas Game Chatter: Jacob deGrom vs. Carlos Martinez (6/16/14)
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Mets: Ranking the Top 10 Prospects

End of the Season New York Mets Top 10 Prospects Noah Syndergaard - The consensus Top prospect for the Mets had a very inconsistent year. Syndergaard came to the Mets in the R.A. Dickey trade with the Toronto Blue Jays back in 2012, alongside with Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud and two other players. Syndergaard has moved through the minors, dominating every league that he was...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays: Crucial Moves Remain For GM Alex Anthopoulos

Nowadays, any indication of a trade or free-agent signing is near impossible to keep under wraps. Whether it is a higher-up leaking information, “reports” on Twitter, or the kid running the concession stand who eavesdropped on top-secret intel; chances are the masses will hear about any transaction well before it transpires. Enter Toronto Blue Jays‘ GM, Alex Anthopoulos. One...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Which Mets season was the best? Part IV – Tom Seaver vs R.A. Dickey

Wrapping up the first round of the “Which Mets season was the best” bracket, this matchup will feature the Cy Young seasons of both Tom Seaver, in 1969, and R.A. Dickey in 2012. Last week, there was a surprising blow out between David Wright and Darryl Strawberry, in which Wright beat Strawberry by just north of 20 votes. Wright will now face Olerud in the second round of the...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Jays Counter Red Sox Spree With Donaldson

New Threat From The NorthHe may not be The Panda or HanRam, but Josh Donaldson is a big pick-up for AL East rival Toronto. Wedged into a lineup that includes Jose Bautista and Edward Encanarcion, Donaldson will add punch to an already potent offensive force. Amazingly, Toronto got Donaldson for peanuts (the perennially disappointing Brett Lawrie, along with two young pitchers and...
Via FenwayNation
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Did Mets Wait Too Long To Trade Niese?

Andy Martino of the Daily News wonders if the Mets blew it and waited too long to trade starting pitcher Jon Niese. That there’s so little interest in him is a “striking contrast from two winters ago,” when many rivals were hotter for Niese than for the pitcher the Mets ultimately did move, R.A. Dickey, Martino writes. “This winter, the Mets would argue that a talented,...
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November 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Character Assassinated

You know I like to keep track of the former Mets. The ones I like, and the ones I don’t. So this space is dedicated to one of the dearly departed. (Meaning he’s not a Met anymore … not that he died.) This update comes to us from the land of maple syrup and cheeseburger spring rolls, as it seems that R.A. Dickey might be pushed out of town by the Toronto Blue Jays. Now, if you...
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November 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Revisiting the R.A. Dickey Trade, Two Years Later

It has been close to two years since the New York Mets’ blockbuster trade that sent NL Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for a package that included prospects Travis d’Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard. Such deals always take years to truly measure which team came out on top and with two complete MLB seasons played since the December trade that...
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November 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Wuilmer Becerra Named To Appalachian League Top 20

Wuilmer Becerra (Photo by Michael Baron) Baseball America has named Mets prospect Wuilmer Becerra, of the Kingsport Mets, the #18 best player in the Appalachian League following the 2014 season. The incredibly young outfielder might not be at the tip of anyone’s tongue, but he was the final piece we received in the R.A. Dickey deal a few years ago. In Kingsport this season he...
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September 27, 2014  |  Discuss

After Gatorade Goodbye, Jeter Shows His Flair For The Dramatic For, Perhaps, One Last Time

It might have been the last one of his career. If so, it is right up there with all of the other great moments he has entertained his fans with throughout the years.  Thanks to R.A. Dickey's decision to throw a fastball last night, Derek Jeter showed off his flair for the dramatic for one of the last--and maybe the last time--in his career, when he connected for his fourth home...
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September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Final Send off for the Captain

Derek Jeter began his final homestand in the Bronx tonight. He singled off R.A. Dickey, got caught stealing; probably trying to give the home crowd a nice memento to remember him by. And then he did something legendary. Jeter hit a home run off Dickey into the left field seats. As he rounded the bases, he had to be wondering if it was the last one he’ll hit. Unless you’re living...
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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Why You Should Believe in Travis d’Arnaud in 2015

Mets rookie catcher Travis d’Arnaud got off to a bit of a rocky start in his first full season as the New York Mets everyday catcher. The struggles were a shock for the 25-year-old, whom the Mets acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in the R.A. Dickey deal back in 2013. d’Arnaud had been a top 100 prospect in baseball every year since before the 2010 season, and had compiled...
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September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets Struggles Continue at Citi Field

In last nights win against the Nationals some very interesting stats came up during the game. The first being that in the last 18 games, Travis d’Arnaud has only struck out five times. Two of those strikeouts being last night, it is hard to undersell how impressive a turn around it has been for the Mets young catcher. He is starting to show the big league promise the Mets saw...
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September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays game preview

R.A. Dickey is doing his best to help the Toronto Blue Jays remain a serious postseason contender. The right-hander looks to win a season-high third consecutive start Saturday against the visiting Tampa Bay Rays Dickey (12-12, 3.84 ERA) has allowed two or fewer earned runs in five of six starts, and four earned runs over 20 innings while going 2-0 in the last three. Having little...
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September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox Notes: R.A. Dickey Shuts Down Sox Again As Jays Avoid Sweep

BOSTON — There would be no brooms out Sunday in Boston. With a chance to close out a three-game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays in the teams’ final meeting of the season, the Red Sox were unable to solve knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, who allowed a run on six hits over seven innings in a 3-1 win for the visitors. Dickey has had Boston’s number all season, going 3-0 with a 2.49 ERA...
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September 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Steven Wright Tosses Five Stellar Innings In Relief During Loss Vs. Jays (Video)

It was a battle of the knuckleballers — for a few innings at least — Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park. With R.A. Dickey on the mound for the Blue Jays, fellow knuckleballer Steven Wright relieved starter Rubby De La Rosa in the fifth inning, and promptly shut down Toronto. The right-hander pitched five scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and striking out six, but he was...
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September 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Steven Wright Looking Forward To Studying Fellow Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (Video)

The knuckleballers were represented well at Fenway Park on Sunday afternoon. With R.A. Dickey on the mound for the Toronto Blue Jays, Tim Wakefield and Steven Wright joined Tom Caron on the set of “Red Sox First Pitch.” Wright, who was called up from Triple A Pawtucket on Sept. 1 to join the Boston bullpen for the final month of the season, has been solid for the PawSox after...
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September 07, 2014  |  Discuss

DraftKings – A Hand For My Dickey

Well it's finally here, we all knew it was coming.... Today is the day all the dollars leave the baseball side of DFS and move on over to football as it's the unofficial first day of Fall with the NFL's 2014 season kicking off. It's okay, me and the other 10 guys playing daily fantasy baseball this afternoon are going to clean up! As you probably gleaned from the heading, I'm going...
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September 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Tim Wakefield: R.A. Dickey ‘Doing What A Knuckleballer Should Do’ (Video)

The Toronto Blue Jays gave up a ton to get R.A. Dickey, and while he hasn’t been a Cy Young-caliber pitcher, he’s certainly been solid with Toronto. Dickey will get the ball Sunday in the series finale with the Red Sox, his 30th start of the season. It marks the fourth consecutive season he’s made 30 starts, and he’s been a workhorse in two seasons with the Jays. Former Red...
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September 07, 2014  |  Discuss

R.A. Dickey avoids major injury after ball hits him during BP

  Toronto pitcher R.A. Dickey was struck on the head by a line drive off the bat of Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria during batting practice Wednesday before a game against the Rays. Dickey returned to the Blue Jays clubhouse and was not injured, club spokesman Mal Romanin said. The 2012 National League Cy Young Award winner was loosening up in left field and facing away from the plate...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Dickey struck on head by liner during BP, unhurt

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Toronto pitcher R.A. Dickey was struck on the head by a line drive off the bat of Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria during batting practice Wednesday before a game against the Rays. Dickey returned to the Blue Jays clubhouse and was not injured, club spokesman Mal Romanin said. The 2012 NL Cy Young Award winner was loosening up in left field and facing away from...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Reyes, Dickey lead Blue Jays over Rays 8-2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Jose Reyes hit a three-run homer, R.A. Dickey gave up two hits in seven innings and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-2 Tuesday night. Reyes' ninth home run broke a 2-all in the fourth inning and sent the Blue Jays to their third straight win. Danny Valencia also homered off Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson (1-3). Pinch-hitter Dioner Navarro...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Sox Take Another Game Against The Jays

The Red Sox actually won a game and hoped to be able to have two wins in a row.  The Sox had rookie Rubby De La Rosa on the mound vs. former Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey.  The Sox went out to an early lead, allowed the game to be tied in totally Red Sox fashion, went into extra innings and then had a monster of an 11th inning to put the game to bed.  Mike Napoli hit a 3 run homerun...
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August 27, 2014  |  Discuss
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