Monday, April 6, 2015

Dickey hoping to weather Yanks with unaffected knuckler

The Yankees and Blue Jays will continue their season-opening series when Michael Pineda and R.A. Dickey take the mound on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.
This series marks the third time in history that the American League East rivals were matched up against each other at the start of a season. New York won each of the previous two series.
Three things to know about this game:
1. Pineda has faced the Blue Jays more than any other team in the Majors. He is 1-2 with a 4.22 ERA against Toronto in his career, which includes an 0-2 record with a 2.25 ERA in 2014. Last year at home, Pineda held opponents to a .186 batting average and posted a 1.59 ERA in six starts.
2. With scattered showers and cool weather scheduled for Wednesday night, it's not going to be an ideal situation for Dickey. The cold temperatures could cause issues with Dickey's grip on the knuckleball, and one of the reasons he became the Blue Jays' No. 2 starter was so he could avoid a similar situation this weekend in Baltimore.
3. New York City hasn't been very kind to the Blue Jays for more than a decade. Toronto hasn't won a season series in the Big Apple since 2003, and since that time has posted a 33-70 record. There was a stretch from Sept. 19, 2012-July 25, 2014 when the Blue Jays lost 17 consecutive games in New York.

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