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R.A. Dickey to get the Opening Day start for the Blue Jays

Feb 6, 2013, 8:28 AM EDT

Toronto Blue jays pitcher R.A. Dickey speaks during a news conference in Toronto

Shi Davidi reports that John Gibbons has named R.A. Dickey the Blue Jays Opening Day starter.

What, you were expecting Rickey Romero?

I like the announcement of Opening Day starters. Even in cases like this one where it seems pretty obvious who it will be.  Heck, even when Jim Leyland says that Justin Verlander will take the hill on Opening Day for Detroit, I’ll get an extra spring in my step.

Baseball is coming, folks.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Feb 6, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    For the first time ever, the Phillies opening day starter will be Cole Hamels. Unbelievable that he has never opened the season for the Phillies in his career.

  2. proudlycanadian - Feb 6, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    The Jays rotation will be Dickey, Morrow, Buehrle, Johnson and Romero. Opposing teams will not face similar pitchers back to back.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:00 AM

      That’s an insane rotation, to go along with a great lineup. If the Jays stay healthy and don’t finish in the top two in the division, it has to be considered a disappointment, right?

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:09 AM

        Management, players and fans are very optimistic. In the Jays first series they will use a knuckleball pitcher, a hard throwing righty, and a strike throwing lefty. The second series will feature a hard throwing righty, a lefty with a mid 90’s fastball and a change up followed by the knuckleballer.

      • cur68 - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:21 AM

        Chris, I will certainly be disappointed if they aren’t one of MLB’s top 5 rotations. But you can say that about me every season regarding Beaver Pitching. A lot depends on Romero reverting to his old self and Johnson staying healthy. Frankly, Morrow needs to prove he can remain off the DL, too. But, yeah. That is one hell of a rotation.

        On paper.

    • indaburg - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:30 AM

      That’s just sick. It should be illegal to have such diverse pitching styles in one rotation.

      But yes, baseball’s a-coming! Can I get a hallelujah and an amen?

      • dkb1968 - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:34 AM

        Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
        Amen! Amen!

      • dkb1968 - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:39 AM

      • cur68 - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:45 AM

        [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kB890fs3GMU

      • indaburg - Feb 6, 2013 at 12:38 PM

        Hmph. I have it on good authority that Kermit the Frog is a known terrorist.

      • cur68 - Feb 6, 2013 at 1:12 PM

        Don’t be hatin’. S’not easy being green.

      • misterchainbluelightning - Feb 6, 2013 at 1:18 PM

        Eh-men

      • mybrunoblog - Feb 6, 2013 at 1:33 PM

        April 1st is a looooooong way off. Spring training is as exciting as Pre-season football.

      • indaburg - Feb 6, 2013 at 1:58 PM

        Don’t be hatin’, bruno. I’m actually more excited about going to some practices. Fewer people, more player accessibility. I hope to check out Mr. Dickey’s knuckler up close in person.

      • nbjays - Feb 6, 2013 at 3:31 PM

        Amen, Indaburg!!

        Gonna see the Jays sooner than I thought. We are taking the kids to Disney World for March Break and on our second last day, the Braves (who train at Disney’s ESPN sports complex) are hosting the Beaver Men.

        I am so pumped!

    • historiophiliac - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      Eh, I think we’re comparable — maybe not #5, but our #1 is better too.

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:30 PM

        Detroit has some OK pitchers; however, they have some fielding problems at first, short and third.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:33 PM

        Thanks for saying V is ok. lol Pitching is definitely not our problem.

  3. Old Gator - Feb 6, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Peetchers and catchers on the small field on the twelfth.

    Position players on the main field on the fifteenth.

    Nutritional advisers (guffaw!) in the hotel lobby bars on the sixteenth.

  4. ctony1216 - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    It’ll be interesting to see how Dickey manages to get through the A.L. East, a division that grinds up even really solid pitchers. Lots of good, patient hitters on every team. (But a lot of free swingers too, Mr. Granderson.) Dickey seems like he has the mental toughness to deal with it. We’ll see.

    Speaking of grinders, Kevin Youkilis has changed his batting stance — wider, lower hands, not as weird. Good interview with him on the YES Network with Jack Curry: http://www.yesnetwork.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=25587445

  5. jacobknicks - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    After what they gave up for Dickey the Jays should have have start games 2 and 3 as well

    • Old Gator - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:16 AM

      Given the medical karma of the past two years, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him having to pitch three games in a row by midseason.

      • APBA Guy - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:46 AM

        That’s the reality isn’t it? And that’s what makes the Giants rotation so strong. Look at last year, and their 5 guys started every game. Even though Timmy wasn’t Timmy (dude, eat something), Zito was better and that mostly compensated.

        So look at the Beaver Men starters in hope, and look at the Giants starters in fact.

  6. uyf1950 - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    It’s going to be interesting to see how Dickey fares in the AL East. He’ll be pitching in 3 parks (Yankee Stadium, Fenway and Orioles Park) that were in the top 10 on MLB for HR’s per 9 innings. No NL East park was in the top 10 in 2012. Going to be interesting indeed.

  7. jaysfan64 - Feb 6, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    If Morrow stays healthy, and if he’s slotted behind Dickey for the whole season, at some point he’ll get his no-hitter….

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