This was probably an innocent mistake but one Melky Cabrera favorite the following Tweet on Thursday, July 3, 2014:
This prompted a quick reply from an astute Blue Jays fan:
Read what you will into this.*
Even after his last start which was a complete game his stats for 2014 are less than stellar. Through 112 IPs Dickey has a 4.10 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 4.68 FIP and 1.29 HR/9. In 30.2 June IPs Dickey had an almost unfathomable 2.93 HR/9 as 28.6 of his fly balls left the yard. There is a lot of talk on Twitter (always a reliable source of fandom) that Dickey needs to be taken out of the rotation.
Without a proper replacement there is absolutely no sense in taking out one of the few starting pitchers who can actually pitch 200+ innings. I am worried that with a division on the line and an impatient fan base to please the Blue Jays are going to really push the envelope with our tender young arms Marcus Stroman and Drew Hutchison. Stroman has barely reached the 100 inning mark as a professional and Hutchison is still fairly fresh of his Tommy John surgery and I am not sure how far he can be pushed.
RA Dickey is definitely here to stay. That’s not necessarily a bad thing if he can live up to his ZIPS (rest of season) projections of 90 inning, 4.21 ERA and 1.29 WHIP. Perhaps his last start will jump-start him into the second half of the season. The Blue Jays are certainly counting on him.
*Today’s hack job brought to you by Jerry Springer.