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R.A. Dickey | Starting Pitcher | #43

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (42) / 10/29/1974
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Tennessee
Drafted: 1996 / Rd. 1 (18) / TEX
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Braves signed RHP R.A. Dickey to a one-year, $7.5 million contract with an $8 million club option for 2018.
The option comes with a $500,000 buyout, so it's an $8 million total guarantee. Dickey posted an ugly 4.46 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, and 126/63 K/BB ratio in 169 2/3 innings this summer with the Blue Jays and he turned 42 years old last month, but knuckleballers tend to have longer careers and the veteran righty figures to deliver better numbers in the National League. It has been well-reported that the Braves want to make significant upgrades to their roster ahead of the opening of SunTrust Park in 2017. We wouldn't call this signing particularly significant, but it is something. Nov 10 - 11:03 AM

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R.A. Dickey blanked the Angels for five innings Friday in the Blue Jays' 6-0 victory.

Dickey came out for the sixth, but was pulled after two quick singles. Fortunately, Joe Biagini was able to strand both runners. Dickey's win was his 10th of the year. He has six career double-figure victory seasons, which doesn't seem overly impressive until one considers that he didn't have a single one before turning 35.
Sep 17 - 1:53 AM

R.A. Dickey's next turn in the Blue Jays' rotation will be skipped.

First it was Francisco Liriano who was sent to the bullpen for a while and now Liriano will re-enter the rotation in Dickey's place. The knuckleballer allowed five runs over just four innings in his last outing.
Sep 11 - 12:28 PM

R.A. Dickey surrendered five earned runs over four innings Sunday as the Blue Jays fell to the Yankees.

Jacoby Ellsbury got to Dickey for a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning and an RBI single in the bottom of the third. The veteran knuckleballer then let up a two-run double to Yankees rookie Tyler Austin in the bottom of the fourth. He fell to 9-14 on the year with a 4.60 ERA.
Sep 5 - 4:18 PM

R.A. Dickey turned in an inconsistent effort in Sunday's no-decision against the Twins, allowing five runs (three earned) on six hits over six innings.

Things got away from Dickey in the fifth inning, when he surrendered four of the five runs on his line. The two key hits in that frame came courtesy of Trevor Plouffe and Miguel Sano, who both notched RBI singles. The veteran knuckleballer will try to clamp down on the big inning when he brings his 4.43 ERA and 1.35 WHIP into a road showdown with the Rays next time through the rotation.
Aug 28 - 4:16 PM

R.A. Dickey held the Angels to two runs over 6 2/3 frames in a 7-2 victory on Tuesday.

Nick Buss got to Dickey with a two-run homer in the second inning, but that was the only dent the Angels were able to make in the scoreboard. The knuckleballer yielded six hits, walked two and struck out two on the evening. Dickey really struggled in his first three starts after the All-Star break but has posted a 3.13 ERA over his last four outings. He'll try to keep rolling this weekend versus the Twins.
Aug 23 - 10:29 PM

R.A. Dickey walked four batters but held the Yankees to one run over five innings in a loss Monday.

He was able to limit the damage despite the wildness, as Aaron Judge's RBI double in the fourth inning represented the only tally of the night for the Yankees. The problem for the Blue Jays, unfortunately, is that they got shut out. Dickey has just one quality start in his last six tries. He'll get the Indians on the road this weekend.
Aug 15 - 10:31 PM

R.A. Dickey allowed four runs over just 4 1/3 frames but escaped with a no-decision in Monday's 7-5 win over the Rays.

Dickey yielded six hits, walked three and also hit a batter, exiting in the fifth inning with the game tied 4-4. Although the knuckleballer pitched well his previous time out, he's now been knocked around in four out of his last five starts to push his ERA up to 4.62. He'll face the Yankees in the Bronx the next time out.
Aug 8 - 10:55 PM

R.A. Dickey limited the Astros to one run on six hits over seven innings in the Blue Jays' 2-1 victory Tuesday.

Dickey fanned five in the outing, his first win since before the All-Star break. It was also his eighth win of the year, leaving his record at 8-12 with a 4.49 ERA and 1.32 WHIP through 23 starts. The knuckleballer will next take the hill Sunday against the Royals.
Aug 3 - 12:13 AM

R.A. Dickey allowed seven runs -- six earned -- over 5 2/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Padres.

Dickey walked four and gave up four hits, including a two-run homer to Adam Rosales in the top of the third inning and a solo homer to Brett Wallace in the top of the fifth. The veteran knuckleballer is 7-12 with a 4.66 ERA and 1.34 WHIP in 131 1/3 innings this season.
Jul 27 - 3:41 PM

R.A. Dickey was blasted in Saturday's loss to the Mariners, allowing six runs on seven hits in three-plus innings of work.

The veteran knuckleballer walked two and struck out three in the contest. It was his shortest outing in 122 starts as a member of the Blue Jays. The big blow against him came on a grand slam off the bat of Nelson Cruz in the third inning. After two consecutive rough outings, Dickey now sports a disappointing 4.44 ERA and 1.34 WHIP on the season. He'll look to get back on track on when he takes on the Orioles at home on Friday.
Jul 23 - 4:28 PM

R.A. Dickey allowed five runs over six innings in a loss to the A's on Saturday.

As he's been wont to do this year, Dickey gave up three home runs among the Athletics' five hits on the afternoon. The knuckleballer also walked three while striking out four. The loss dropped him to 7-10 with a 4.11 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 20 starts on the year. He'll try to get back on track Saturday against the Mariners.
Jul 16 - 9:23 PM

R.A. Dickey was delightful in Sunday's win over the Tigers, surrendering one run on five hits over seven innings.

Dickey struck out five and walked two on the afternoon. Outside of a weak fifth-inning RBI ground out by James McCann, the knuckleballer kept the scoreboard free and clear of any real damage. He improved to 7-9 with the victory and can rest easy during the All-Star break. His 3.93 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 83/40 K/BB ratio (116 2/3 innings) will be waiting for him when he next toes the rubber.
Jul 10 - 5:27 PM

R.A. Dickey held the Royals to just two unearned runs over seven innings in an 8-3 victory Tuesday.

Dickey had the knuckleball fluttering, striking out eight batters, walking three and surrendering four hits. The only runs he allowed came on a Cheslor Cuthbert homer following a Michael Saunders error. Dickey has posted a quality start in four out of his last five tries and has his ERA below 4.00 (3.94) for the first time all season. He'll get the Tigers to close out the first half.
Jul 5 - 10:10 PM

R.A. Dickey allowed eight hits and three runs over seven innings in Thursday's loss to the Indians.

Dickey gave up two solo home runs among his eight hits allowed, running his total to 19 homers allowed through 17 starts. He also walked one and struck out four in the loss. Dickey fell to 5-9 with a 4.21 ERA and 1.32 WHIP on the year, dropping three of his last four decisions. He'll try to get back in the win column Tuesday against the Royals.
Jun 30 - 11:23 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Tyler Flowers
2Anthony Recker
3Tuffy Gosewisch
1B1Freddie Freeman
2B1Sean Rodriguez
2Jace Peterson
SS1Dansby Swanson
2Chase d'Arnaud
3Johan Camargo
3B1Adonis Garcia
2Rio Ruiz
LF1Matt Kemp
2Mallex Smith
CF1Ender Inciarte
RF1Nick Markakis
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Julio Teheran
2Michael Foltynewicz
3R.A. Dickey
4Bartolo Colon
5Jaime Garcia
6Aaron Blair
7Matt Wisler
8Williams Perez
9Tyrell Jenkins
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jim Johnson
2Arodys Vizcaino
3Mauricio Cabrera
4Jose Ramirez
5Ian Krol
6Chris Withrow
7Chaz Roe
8Shae Simmons
9Paco Rodriguez
10Daniel Winkler
11Josh Collmenter
12Jacob Lindgren
13Jordan Walden
14Sam Freeman