R.A Tricked Me

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That’s what the Toronto Blue Jays fan base is feeling right now after acquiring R.A. Dickey in the offseason in a seven player trade, in which the Mets acquired the top catching prospect in baseball (Travis d’Arnaud) from the Toronto Blue Jays. Let’s not forget the BIG blockbuster trade with the Marlins that landed the Blue Jays’ Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, and Emilio Bonifacio.

The Blue Jays fan base was thinking a division title and a playoff appearance and maybe even a World Series for the first time since 1993. With the addition of Dickey and all of the Marlins stars, the Blue Jays needed the new ACE of the staff to produce for the whole year, but R.A has done the complete opposite. After having a career year last year winning a career high of 20 games and a CY Young award, R.A was bought to Toronto this year to do the same thing.

This year has been tough, though. While having a ERA of 5.18, R.A is also on pace for a career worst season — something the Blue Jays weren’t expecting when they signed R.A to a 2 year extension worth 25million and traded away a valuable prospect piece.

Personally I was never really high on R.A Dickey. When guys have breakout years, I’m always fishy about how they will respond the following year. So the way R.A Dickey has turned out so far hasn’t really shocked me. If his knuckleball isn’t working, guys are feasting on him. Last night Dickey suffered a loss and gave up 6 earned runs to the Atlanta Braves. If  the Blue Jays want to turn it around and reach the playoffs, they will definitely need Dickey to pitch like the Ace they thought they acquired back in December.

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