Sunday, December 16, 2012

R.A. Dickey - Who Is He Like?

Today, I look at the 20 most similar pitchers for R.A. Dickey.  And by similar, I mean the three skill based stats of K/9, BB/9 and GB/FB over the past two years with a heavier weight given to the 2012 season (over the 2011).  Now Dickey had what some would call a breakout year in 2012, so his 2011 stats which are weighted lower, bring down his numbers slightly.  But in most likeliehood, Dickey is not going to repeat his 2012 numbers, so I think all is well here.  So what kind of skillset (age and pitch repetoire withstanding) compares to Dickey's?

Here are the top twenty most similar pitchers over the past two years, given the constraints listed above.

Top 20 Most Similar Pitchers

NAR.A. Dickey7.822.181.43
1Johnny Cueto6.732.241.70
2Roy Halladay8.031.731.51
3Cole Hamels8.712.061.36
4James Shields8.552.321.59
5Doug Fister6.961.841.70
6Josh Beckett7.462.621.08
7CC Sabathia8.812.121.56
8Hiroki Kuroda6.972.131.56
9Jordan Zimmermann7.011.901.16
10Madison Bumgarner8.322.091.41
11Matt Garza8.682.831.42
12Chris Carpenter7.152.031.49
13Felix Hernandez8.622.331.68
14Mat Latos8.182.801.18
15Daniel Hudson6.992.121.06
16David Price8.752.521.61
17Anibal Sanchez8.292.491.37
18Roy Oswalt6.582.071.31
19Edwin Jackson7.502.781.35
20Derek Holland7.522.801.18

Not a bad little list.  Dickey is obviously up there in age and doesn't have the longest of "ace" pitching resumes but this list is enough to make your baseball fan mouth water.  A good strike-out rate, low walk rate and a decent amount of ground balls.  Not bad.


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