Occasionally during this season, Howie Rose or Ron Darling, or someone else broadcasting a Mets game has hinted at what a great reliever Dickey would be. What I’m proposing is that he might be even more valuable in the bullpen than in the starting rotation.
...Can you see him pitching perhaps 70-80 times a year out of the bullpen and going 2 and sometimes even 3 innings? I can.
Okay, I know this isn’t going to happen this year, if only because Dickey has a chance to win 20 games and no one wants to take that away from him. But he’s 37 now, and as he gets older perhaps he would seriously consider the fact that a career in the bullpen could give him many more years in the big leagues - why not into his mid-to-late forties, as other knuckleball pitchers have done?
The Mets are scrappy and resilient and have shown a lot of heart this season. But it’s not likely that they’re going to win anything. However, when they put the pieces together for next year’s team, I can’t believe that the idea of converting Dickey into a relief pitcher won’t occur to the Mets brass. And to R.A. Dickey, too.
And if the Mets haven’t given up on this season: here’s another idea: use Dickey as a reliever on this “throw” days, the middle day between his last start and his next start. If Dickey can stay loose on his throw day by tossing 80-100 balls in practice, why not cut the number of pitches and have come in come in to throw, oh, say, 25 knuckleballs in an actual game?
Posted: July 24, 2012 at 05:55 AM | 27 comment(s)
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