The Jays' good and bad of 2013

Toronto Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker talks to starting pitcher Josh Johnson and catcher...

Toronto Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker talks to starting pitcher Josh Johnson and catcher J.P. Arencibia as the Baltimore Orioles score four runs in the first inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland July 14, 2013. (REUTERS/Doug Kapustin)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

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The subject was next year and the Blue Jays needs.

“We need a front-end of the rotation guy, who doesn’t walk people, doesn’t give up home runs,” R.A. Dickey, the Blue Jays front-end of the rotation guy, said Saturday morning.

The Jays opening-day starter finished his season Friday with a 14-13 record; a season in which he allowed 35 homers (after giving up an average of 18 his previous three seasons with the New York Mets, including 2012 when he won the National League Cy Young award).

Dickey pitched 224 innings (nine less than a year ago) and made all his starts, but walked 71 hitters, after averaging 50 free passes in 2010-2012.


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