Dickey has been awful. The biggest difference for him (besides his velocity) has been his control. Last couple of years, he could locate the knuckler a lot better than he has this year; especially down in the zone. Since it's been up in the zone, he's being hit harder than he had in previous years. He has walked at least 3 batters in 5 of his 12 starts. Velocity issues and spike in BBs never a good combination for a pitcher...
Even at the time that move was baffling. To give up so much for a guy a) that age, b) with such a spotty track record, who is c) a knuckleballer to boot, was just horrible.
But yeah, I was totally being ridiculous when I said I was seeing some flaws in his swing that were going to catch up with him after that ridiculous hot streak, and to call him an absolute beast was premature.
Everything about rangers pitching has been focused on yu and rightfully so. He has the best stuff in the game and is just a joy to watch. That said, equally important to the rangers is that Derek holland has finally found it. His stuff is also very good and he's started throwing a very very good change up(he was reported to have a plus change up in the minors but essentially quit throwing it til this year. He's still only 26 years old, is a lefty with easy mid 90s velocity that he maintains, a good slider and a good change. He has a 4-1 k/bb on his peripherals support his sub 3 era(his fip is 255). He's also signed cheaply for the next 5 years. So happy to see this
Atlanta continues their ownage of the Nats this season. Took 2 of 3 from them and we're now 7-3 against them this year. Of course it's hard to call a 28-29 Nationals team good. They're clearly not the same team they were last year. Their bullpen is awful and outside of Harper (who's now on the DL) their lineup isn't very consistent or good.