The Mets did damn well in this trade. "He's out of his mind," an AL official said of the Blue Jays GM. Not necessarily because he traded d'Arnaud who may or may not become a solid big league catcher, but because knuckleballers are so very unpredictable. Look no further than Wakefield, who went from a 16-8 record with a 2.95 ERA/1.183 WHIP in 1995 to a 14-13 5.14/1.55 the following year. Dickey was brutal throughout his entire AL career, and then suddenly "found himself" after moving to the NL. Ya think maybe his NL success had something to do with other teams' lack of familiarity with knuckleball pitchers?
And let's not forget knuckleballs are generally more effective in open-air stadiums. Do the Jays simply not care that Dickey has a career 2-6 5.29 ERA 1.571 WHIP in domes?
Is that stat inclusive of all of Dickey's career or just knuckleball Dickey? Dickey was almost perfect this year against Tampa Bay in a start at the Trop. That's of course only a one-time example, but it shows he at least can
be effective indoors. The Jays play the vast majority of games at Rogers Center with the roof open, right?
While certainly 2012 was definitively his career year, Dickey was also excellent in 2011, although his stats don't show it quite so much because the Mets totally blew in giving him any kind of backing support.
I know he's old and things will be unpredictable, but it always sucks a bit to lose someone just as soon as they really get hot. Hopefully these prospects turn out okay in the major leagues. Unfortunately for me, the Mets just moved their Triple-A from International League Buffalo to Pacific Coast League fucking Las Vegas, so there's no chance for me to see them. Boo.
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