Feb 18, 2014; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher R.A. Dickey (43) jogs off the field as the Blue Jays workout at Bobby Mattick Training Center. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

R.A. Dickey named Toronto Blue Jays opening day starter

Manager John Gibbons confirmed with the media on Tuesday—at the Blue Jays spring training facility in Dunedin—that Robert Allen Dickey will be the opening day starter for the Toronto Blue Jays. Jays are scheduled to begin the 2014 season in Tampa Bay against the Rays in a 4-game series on March 31st.

R.A. Dickey—who came over in a trade from the New York Mets, fresh off winning the 2012 Cy Young award—was the Blue Jays opening day starter in 2013 against the Cleveland Indians at home.

Dickey pitched successfully against the Rays in six starts in 2013. Going 3-1, with 2.95 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, .187 opp BA, .609 opp OPS.

And in 13 career starts vs Tampa, 4-3, with a 3.95 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, .206 opp BA, .643 opp OPS.

R.A. Dickey went 14-13 in 34 games started last season, with a 4.21 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 177 strikeouts in 224.2 IP. Giving up a career-high 35 home runs. And won the 2013 Gold Glove Award.

As for the other 4 spots in the Blue Jays starting rotation, Gibbons did not reveal the current order for starters 2-5. But it is expected that Mark Buehrle, Brandon Morrow, J.A. Happ will be filling 3 of those 4 spots. With the 5th spot to be determined in spring training between a plethora of potential starters that include: Kyle Drabek, Drew Hutchison, Todd Redmond, Esmil Rogers, and Marcus Stroman.

 

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