In news even more shocking than Big Brown finishing last or Roger Federer getting bagled in a Grand Slam final, this morning I came across this line:
“R.A. Dickey pitched two scoreless inning for the win.”
What the %$#@*&?! The way ex-Rangers are chunking the ball this season, next thing you know Roger Moret’s gonna snap out of his catatonic trance and be a 20-game winner for the Angels.
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Surely you remember Dickey. After so-so results with the results with the Rangers earlier this decade he added a knuckleball and became the team’s fifth starter in 2006. After consulting with Boston’s Tim Wakefield and former Rangers’ ace Charlie Hough, Dickey made his first start and – kaboom! – allowed six homers. He was immediately demoted to Triple A and disappeared until resurfacing in April with the Mariners.
Last night he picked up his first Major League win since 2005, and lowered his ERA to 2.67.
I’m not saying the Rangers bungled another pitching career, or that Dickey belongs anywhere near the second-thoughts conversation with Edinson Volquez or Chris Young, et al. I’m just saying, considering last week’s release of Sidney Ponson and Thursday’s emergency start by Eric Hurley – a 22-year-old with a 2-5 record and 5.30 ERA in the minors – hmm, what exactly am I saying?
Dammit! -- Richie Whitt