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R.A. Dickey after dominating the A’s: “Don’t anybody ask me questions about the roof”

May 24, 2014, 8:40 PM EDT

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Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey dominated the Athletics — proud owners of the American League’s best offense — on Saturday afternoon, holding them to two runs over 8 1/3 innings. The right-hander limited the A’s to five hits and a walk while striking out four. It’s arguably his best start of the season, with the only other competitor being the 6 2/3 shutout innings he threw against the Yankees on April 5.

Dickey pitched with the Rogers Centre roof open, which should silence those who have been saying that Dickey struggles under that specific condition. As for the pitcher himself, he didn’t want to address the issue:

Quietly, R.A. Dickey has rebounded from a tough start to the season. He has now strung together seven together quality starts, and has lowered his ERA to 3.95.

  1. chill1184 - May 24, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Go Dickey

  2. proudlycanadian - May 24, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    He pitched very well today and got sufficient run support even though both Bautista and Encarnacion did not get hits. The only Toronto home run was hit by Lawrie. There was a bit of a track meet on display when Gose an Reyes got on base. Both of them used their speed to score twice. Reyes even scored from second on an infield out to the short stop.

    • paint771 - May 25, 2014 at 2:05 AM

      Gone mostly unmentioned during this hot stretch is that, contrary to reputation, the Jays have been getting it done in large measure through the sorts of things they Jays aren’t exactly known for. For sure, free-swinging power is a huge part of the offense, and they’ll get their home runs, but that’s been true for years – what’s separating this stretch from the recent history of “good but not great” teams is that they’re also doing all the quote unquote little things right.

      As you mentioned, Reyes scored today from second on a ground ball out to the shortstop. The Jays are making a play like that every game lately, from Gose’ bunting to sac flies to opposite field gap hitting to clutch hit and runs. They are, in short, getting their runs from the long ball like they always do, but then supplementing that with manufactured runs. What’s more, they are doing it up and down the entire lineup. With the exception of second base, there is not a spot in this 1 through 9 lineup you can really sleep on at the moment. They are combining that with some real web-gem worthy defense – guys like Lawrie and Gose and Encarnacion in particular have killed a lot of rallies with plays that they had no right making. In short, they are doing a great job of turning noting into something on both offense and defense.

      If you haven’t watched a Jays game yet this year, and if all you’ve heard about them is Eddy’s hot streak or Bautista being Bautista or great starts from Buehrle, check them out. They’ve been putting together some good shows lately in ways you might not expect. Toronto is not playing boring baseball lately, that’s for sure.

      And, for kicks, talking about “contrary to reputation”, some stats you wouldn’t expect from the Jays (beyond the RS and HR and OPS):

      They rank sixth in MLB in walks and top ten in on base percentage.

      They rank third in MLB in fielding percentage.

      Their starters have the best ERA in the AL East, and despite an inflated ERA from earlier in the year, their bullpen ranks 6th in the majors in holds and 5th in saves.

      Funny old world. Let’s keep it going.

  3. wilmyers09 - May 24, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    still sucks

  4. theoldgreybeard - May 25, 2014 at 1:52 AM

    The real question is why doesn’t this website have more Blue Jay’s news stories? The answer is : America does not care about a team from Canada. This Canadian team could well kick a$$ so the American media could do well keeping the Jay’s on the radar scope.

    • paint771 - May 25, 2014 at 2:08 AM

      Normally agree with the sentiment, but actually HBT has been giving a decent amount of coverage to the Jays lately. I attribute it to banning dirty harry.

      • renaado - May 25, 2014 at 2:19 AM

        Is Dirtyharry a Yankee fan? Or a Jays fan?

      • paint771 - May 25, 2014 at 2:35 AM

        He is a “spamming the crap out of Toronto Blue Jays threads” fan.

        Was, I mean.

      • renaado - May 25, 2014 at 2:43 AM

        Dang! Should’ve have known him better here, aside from that, I should’ve asked on what team he was rootin for durin that time before he was banned.

      • nbjays - May 25, 2014 at 8:16 AM

        He claimed to be a knowledgeable baseball mind and a Yankees fan, but the sum total of his baseball knowledge seemed to be concentrated in three words: Blue Jays Suck.

      • jimeejohnson - May 25, 2014 at 9:18 AM

        Just another New Yawk hater. They breed hate in the sphincter of the Univere.

      • jimeejohnson - May 25, 2014 at 9:18 AM

        Just another New Yawk hater. They breed hate in the sphincter of the Univere.

  5. chunkala - May 25, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    I knew Dickey would get so lit up once he moved to the real league, AL.
    Check out his numbers against playoff teams the last 3 years, they are scary to say the least.
    He’s finding it hard to dominatw without facing the 2012 Marlins 7-10 times a season.

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