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R.A. Dickey shuts out Rays in no time flat

Jun 26, 2013, 5:56 PM EDT

R.A. Dickey Reuters

Well, technically, it was 2 hours and 10 minutes. Still, it was a breeze.

Toronto’s R.A. Dickey, finally throwing his knuckler with authority again, pitched a two-hitter Wednesday against the Rays for his first shutout and complete game of the season. Dickey entered with a 5.15 ERA in 16 starts. He had three shutouts and five complete games while winning NL Cy Young honors last season.

Largely due to a back injury, Dickey hasn’t been throwing his knuckleball as hard this year as he was previously. Today, though, he was often hitting 77-78 mph on the gun with the pitch, which is about what he averaged last year. And he was still getting great movement, obviously. He ended up striking out six and walking one.

Dickey threw just 93 pitches on the day, the second lowest total in a complete-game this season. The Nationals’ Jordan Zimmermann threw 91 pitches in his one-hit shutout against the Reds on April 26.

  1. chill1184 - Jun 26, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    I love that picture

    • missthemexpos - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:01 PM

      If that is what the Rays saw when he pitched no wonder they only got 2 hits off him.

  2. sdelmonte - Jun 26, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    He’s baaaaack

  3. cur68 - Jun 26, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    RA was en fuego all game. When RA, the star of the CockPunchTrio™, can keep his balls moving, vary the velocity, and slip it past the hitter’s guard, he is devastating. He showed the form of the guy who played for the Mets last season. Wang tomorrow, Johnson to follow. They’ve gotta do the same versus the Red Sox. Its all about winning in The AL Beast, now. Can the balance of the CockPunchTrio™ follow the example laid out for them by RA? Tune in tomorrow, folks: CockPunchTrio™, Part II.

    It was good to see Reyes back. He’ll need to get back into the form he had prior to the injury, but that’s a matter of game looks at the plate. His defence has been much missed. Good to see him back.

    ‘Saki-San was sent down to the minors to make room for Reyes, but Manager John Gibbons said that ‘Saki will be back. I certainly hope so.

    • ptfu - Jun 26, 2013 at 6:45 PM

      “When RA, the star of the CockPunchTrio™, can keep his balls moving”

      I see what you did there.

      • cur68 - Jun 26, 2013 at 6:46 PM

        /bows

  4. Shayna - Jun 26, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    A Maddux! Tip of the hat to RAD, and let’s go, Jays!

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:46 PM

      I miss watching Mad Dog pitch. I didn’t see his gem when he threw a 76 pitch complete game against the Cubs.

      Great job by RA in this game…

  5. proudlycanadian - Jun 26, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    I have a question for Jason Lukeheart, the keeper of the flame on pitchers who throw a Maddux. A Maddux as defined by Jason is a complete game shutout in under 100 pitches. Is Dickey the oldest pitcher to throw a Maddux?

    • Shayna - Jun 26, 2013 at 6:44 PM

      For the original Maddux-defining column, go here.

      http://groundballwitheyes.blogspot.ca/2012/04/maddux.html

      And yes, someone has already posted a note about Dickey’s Maddux today.

      • Shayna - Jun 26, 2013 at 6:48 PM

        Jamie Moyer pitched a Maddux at age 43!!!

        See the list here:

        http://groundballwitheyes.blogspot.ca/2013/05/more-random-info-on-maddux.html

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:09 PM

        Thank you for the update.

    • Jason Lukehart - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:16 PM

      5th-oldest is pretty damn good (thanks to Shayna, for posting those links), but he’s going to have to play quite a while if he wants to catch Moyer!

      It was also the Blue Jays’ 14th Maddux, which puts them into a tie with the Twins for most in the AL.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 27, 2013 at 6:44 AM

        Thank you Jason for the reply and the wonderful statistic.

  6. proudlycanadian - Jun 26, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    In his next performance Dickey will try to tame Miggy and the pussy cats in Toronto on Canada Day.

    • Old Gator - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:24 PM

      In which case you’ll have to rename it Dominion Day.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:12 PM

        I hated the original name switch from Dominion Day to Canada Day.

  7. chunkala - Jun 26, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    He’s not back and he’s not injured. He played a team that gets almost no-hit a couple of times a year and struggles with pitchers like Dickey. The reason for his struggles is that he’s facing much better competition. He beat Miami 6 times last year. He’s on pace for almost 40 homers allowed. Since your assuming he’s injured because he’s pitching terribly, was he injured from 2000-2009 as well?

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:06 PM

      It is well known that early in the season Dickey was pitching with a back problem. He was dealing with a knot in a muscle in his throwing shoulder. Consequently he was unable to vary the speed of his knuckle balls. A large part of his success had been the ability to throw a “hard” knuckler in addition to the slow knuckler. Until recently, he had not been able to throw the “hard” knuckle ball.

      • Old Gator - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:30 PM

        I love people who check their facts before they squirt. A couple of days ago it was Rockie D. Bullshit waxing meteorological. Today, well….Dickey has had a bad back since spring training. If he is to be faulted for anything, it should be for not just getting it dealt with and resting it out. But then, if you know his story, you know how persistent he is.

        Whether he’s back or not depends on whether he’s finally rested it enough or done whatever else he needs to do to heal it or not. He’s had other very good games this season that led us to believe he was over it, then come back out and thrown flatballs that wound up in the seats. I like this guy a lot and hope he is indeed back. Us English majors gotta stick together.

      • chunkala - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:09 AM

        So he was hurt from 2000-2009? You sidestepped my question. I just feel that MLB players blame any decrease in performance on something made up injury. I don’t know how people can equate the NL East comp and NL in general to what he’s facing in AL East now.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 27, 2013 at 6:46 AM

        Your ill informed question did not rate a reply; however, I thank cktai for the informed response.

      • cktai - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:39 AM

        He did not sidestep your question. You just failed to understand his answer

        “A large part of his success had been the ability to throw a “hard” knuckler in addition to the slow knuckler. Until recently, he had not been able to throw the “hard” knuckle ball.”

        To spell it out: no he was not injured from 2000-2009. He was just a different pitcher with different stuff.

      • Rockie D. Bull - Jun 27, 2013 at 8:37 AM

        “I love people who check their facts before they squirt. A couple of days ago it was Rockie D. Bullshit waxing meteorological.”

        And today – here goes the jealous (of the Rays) Old Gator going on and on about another team because he has a bad case of the taxpayer red a$$. After gushing almost daily on this blog (and in the national media) over and over about that new stadium and the awesome team the Blow Fish had last year – the bottom fell out once the real facts came out about just how badly Miami had whored themselves out to build that debacle that no one shows up at. The attendance problem at Blow Fish games the second half of last year and all of this year, he informs us, is because he and other Feesh fans (tax payers) are boycotting the home games (that must be the reason he went to watch his team at the Trop). Your city is on the hook for for years to come with the new Blow Hole; enjoy your AAA product that is playing in that brand new MLB stadium.

        When it comes to “people who check their facts before they squirt”, maybe its your “facts” that were affected by the sun that day you went to the Dali at its mythical location “across the street” from the Trop? It is actually 17 blocks away down on the water. Hate the Trop all you want, the fact is – the Rays won’t get a new ballpark any time soon thanks to your team and owner forever poisoning the public funding waters. No other fans around the country are going fall for bad stadium deals because all we have to do is use what happened in Miami as the classic example of how things should not be done.

        Since you brought up “waxing meteorological” after wishing a hurricane on the Tampa Bay area (the last major one was 1921) as a means to get rid of the Trop, here are 2 some what “factual” links (they are on the internet) for you about the history of Florida hurricanes showing Feeshville in the path many more times than Tampa Bay:

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Florida_hurricanes

        and

        http://pparker.org/hurricanes/hurricane_history.htm#1992

      • Rockie D. Bull - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:16 PM

        The Trop was the perfect environment to watch baseball in yesterday afternoon while it sweltered outside. Since it was a Day Care game, there were plenty of fans attending. Dickey made such fast work of the Rays that those kids had to wait for their buses to arrive after the game.

        “I love people who check their facts before they squirt.”

        Ancient Large Reptile – Wishing a hurricane on the Tampa Bay area just because you hate the Trop is not something I would wish on any city regardless of whether or not I liked their sports stadiums .

        Here’s one of your squirts that missed – the Dali is 16 blocks east of the Trop, not “across the street”.

    • moogro - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:02 AM

      chunkala: lame

      • chunkala - Jun 27, 2013 at 5:24 PM

        And moogro=fag

    • cktai - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:51 AM

      “The reason for his struggles is that he’s facing much better competition.”

      He never had trouble with the “much better comptetition” before.

      From 2010-2012 R.A. Dickey is 7-0 with a 1.77 ERA against the AL and 4-0 with a 1.71 ERA against the AL East. He threw consecutive no-hitters against the Orioles and the Rays.

      • chunkala - Jun 27, 2013 at 6:00 PM

        I see you curiously omitted years between 2001 and 2009. ERAs of 6.75, 5.09, 5.61, 6.67, 18.90, 5.21, and 4.62.
        In terms of playing better competition:
        2012 vs playoff teams: 6-4 4.20 Era 13 hrs in 86 IP
        2012 vs nonplayoff: 14-2 . 1.89 Era 11 hrs in 148 IP
        plus he beat Miami 5 Times, almost 6.
        Like I said in my email, he owns TB, 3-0 1.13 ERA, opp bavg of .113 Since 2012.
        You curiously didnt mention his shallacking against NYY for 5R in 6IP last year either.
        Believe what you want but your numbers arent holding true.
        And I dont know where you got it but Dickey didn’t throw two no-hitters last year. No NYM has ever throw one unless you count Santana’s umpire aided one from 2012.

  8. jaysjunkie - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Nice to see more of the dominant Dickey that was expected. Longoria, in particular, looked completely overmatched this afternoon.

  9. indaburg - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    The game was over much too quickly. I was at the game, and for about 5 innings, I thought it was the Annual Rays No-Hitter. But alas, no such luck. No history for me. From my vantage point next to the Rays dugout (having a lousy fan base has its benefits–sweet, sweet cheap tickets) I could see the visible frustration on the Rays’ hitters faces. I hate seeing my team lose, but seeing the knuckler dance is always a treat for the baseball fan in me. Props to Fausto for actually pitching a decent game. Maddon left him in one pitch too long.

    That picture is sick.

    • lukescottsbedsidemanner - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:26 PM

      Were you looking at lukescottsbutt? I bet you were. I bet you even took a picture of it. It IS irresistible.

      • indaburg - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:41 PM

        It IS where his brain is located.

      • lukescottsbedsidemanner - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:23 PM

        Your sweet talk will get you some pork.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:43 PM

      Fausto pitched very well for the Rays. He pitched well enough to win on most days. Unfortunately for him, Dickey was almost unhittable. The Jays got their runs from the usual suspects. Bautista hit a lead off double and 2 outs later was driven home by Melky. Later, both Lind and Encarnacion hit solo homers.

      • indaburg - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:03 PM

        Dickey was basically unhittable. The two hits he gave up were weak grounders that just snuck out of the infield. He looked great. I hope he can build off this start.

      • nbjays - Jun 27, 2013 at 7:21 AM

        If that’s how Dickey pitches when you go check him out, then you need to do so more often, ‘burgie. In fact, feel free to head on up to Beantown and ogle our Wang and Johnson as well. You being at the game seems to make them perform better.

        Just like a little blue pill…
        :-)

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 27, 2013 at 7:36 AM

        For the Full Monty, she could come to Toronto for the games from July 1 to 3.

      • Shayna - Jun 27, 2013 at 10:03 AM

        I suggest we chip in to fund ‘daburg’s attendance at all Jays games. A short snappy crowdsource campaign and I figure she’s good for at least five extra wins over the remainder of the season!

      • nbjays - Jun 27, 2013 at 11:23 AM

        “Indaburg’s Fabulous Dickey, Wang and Johnson Tour”. Step right up folks and contribute.

  10. yahmule - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    I want to see him string some good performances together before I declare him back. His K/9 and K/BB have regressed back to 2011 levels or worse.

  11. aceshigh11 - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Good to see Dickey somewhat back to his old self.

    Any team that embarrasses the Rays is okay by me.

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