Izenhart wrote:From June 29th through August 13th he won all 10 of his starts, at which point he had a 14-1 record and a 1.65 ERA. The rest of the season was pretty ugly, giving up 46 runs (40 earned) in 64.3 innings.
Thank you. This is my point about KB's. When it works, it's amazing. When it doesn't, you're throwing BP.
First off, that's not what you said:
medium_robin wrote:This kind of thing happens to knuckleballers from time to time. Ex-Tiger Steve Sparks had a great year in 2001 going 14-9 for a terrible Tigers team that year. But he was a one-year wonder. I'm not saying Dickey is that. Just that knuckleballers don't generally have a long history of success and are more prone to fluke years like this.
Second, you are missing some other important stats above that paint a different picture about this particular knuckleballer.
Wakefield had a 79/37 K/BB ratio in those 131 IP.
Dickey's is 103/21 in 99 IP thus far.
That is the major difference that sets Dickey apart from any other knuckleballer... EVER. Even Niekro never had a 100 IP stretch with that kind of dominance and command. Closest I found was in 1978 when he went 77/28 over 97.2 IP. Wakefield went 65/28 over his best 101.1 inning stretch in 1995.
Bottom line is Dickey is doing something that no other knuckleballer, and most other starting pitchers, has ever done before. He even has a history of success in the past. Discounting what he is doing because of freakin Steve Sparks and a 130 inning from Tim Wakefield where he got a bit lucky and was new to the league is going way overboard.
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