ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 12: Lance Lynn #62 of the St. Louis Cardinals throws a pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers during Game Three of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 12, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
dickey has snuck up on the baseball world a little bit. he's older for a starting pitcher at 37, but has recently become the most effective knuckleballer in the game. from 2001-2009, he had a 5.42 ERA, 5.19 FIP, and a 4.80 xFIP over 443 innings. from 2010 to the present, he has had a 3.08 ERA, 3.70 FIP, and a 3.78 xFIP. he first started using the knuckleball in 2005, and seems to have perfected it late in his career. only once before 2010 did he throw the knuckleball more than 70% of the time, but he's built a whole second career out of it, one much better than the first.
also, somehow he started striking a lot of guys out this year, going from a ~15% K rate over the last two years to his current 23.6% K rate.
jake westbrook should take home some videos of r.a. dickey this winter and do a lot of throwing in his backyard. just saying.