Mets 9 – Pirates 1 September 14, 2010

New York Mets batter Carlos Beltran hits a run-scoring double against the Philadelphia Phillies in the sixth inning of their MLB National League baseball game in New York August 13, 2010. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

http://view.picapp.com//JavaScripts/OTIjs.jsThe Mets got another great start from R.A. Dickey. He continues to surprise me with every start. I really thought he was a fluke. Tonight he threw a complete game 5- hitter and almost had a shutout, only giving up 1 run in the ninth.

The Mets offense lit up Zack Duke big time for 9 hits in 3.1 innings. They scored all 9 runs in the first four innings of the game. Carlos Beltran and Nick Evans homered in the game. Angel Pagan was 3 for 5 with 3 RBI’s as well.

The Mets take the first two of the four game series against the lowly Pirates. It looks like the Mets finally found a team they can match up with.

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Preview: Mets at Nationals September 8, 2010

New York Mets (68-71)  at Washington Nationals (60-79) 12:35pm

R.A. Dickey (9-6 2.91) vs Livan Hernandez (9-10 3.81)

TV: SNY  Radio: WFAN

What to watch: The Mets and Nats play the rubber game of the series this afternoon. Dickey had a terrible game in Chicago in his last start allowing 7 runs in 6 innings. In two games against the Nats this year he has no decisions and a 1.38 ERA in 13 innings. Hernandez has been bombed in his last three starts. Over that span he’s allowed 20 runs in 15 innings. It looks like a late season fade for the old man.

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Preview: Mets at Cubs September 3, 2010

New York Mets (66-68)  at Chicago Cubs (57-77) 2:20 pm

R.A. Dickey (9-5 2.57) vs Randy Wells (6-12 4.50)

TV: SNY  Radio: WFAN

What to watch: Wells has lost 5 of his last 6 decisions and he’s really been up and down this season. The Cubs are having a terrible season and really have a lot of similarities to the Mets in an underperforming, overpaid team. Dickey is having a Cinderella season and the Mets have won the last four games that he started.

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Preview: Astros at Mets August 29, 2010

Houston Astros (59-70) at New York Mets (64-65)  1:10 pm

Bud Norris (6-7 5.03) vs R.A. Dickey (8-5 2.64)

TV: SNY  Radio: WFAN

What to watch: The Astros and Mets play the rubber game of the series today before the Mets head to Atlanta to begin a long road trip. The Mets have won the last three games that Dickey started. But he didn’t have his best stuff in his last start against the Marlins giving up 5 runs in 7 innings. The Astros have won the last 6 games that Norris started including Aug. 19 against the Mets. In that game Norris went 7 innings and allowed 2 runs while getting a win.

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Mets 6 – Marlins 5 August 24, 2010

July 30, 2010 - Flushing, New York, United States of America - 30 July 2010: New York Mets outfielder Angel Pagan.

http://view.picapp.com//JavaScripts/OTIjs.jsThe Mets got a big win in the bottom of the ninth on a hit by Luis Castillo, of all people. R.A. Dickey pitched well until the top of the seventh when he gave up a 3-run homer to Gaby Sanchez that gave the Marlins a 5-4 lead. Dickey’s line looks bad but he pitched pretty well until he seemed to lose it in the seventh.

The Mets had some big offense getting 12 hits and 5 walks in the game. Angel Pagan was huge, as he has been all season, going 4 for 5 with 3 runs and a stolen base. This is the kind of offense I’ve been waiting to see all year. The Mets scored one in the eighth to tie on a Carlos Beltran single that scored Pagan. Then they put some hits together in the ninth capped by the Castillo single that scored Ike Davis.

It’s too bad that it took until the end of August for this kind of offense to show up. Too little too late. But it was good to see.

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Mets Cannot Rely on Dickey in 2011

New York Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey reacts after he threw a one-hit shutout to beat the Philadelphia Phillies in their MLB National League baseball game in New York August 13, 2010. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

http://view.picapp.com//JavaScripts/OTIjs.jsI’m not going to lie.  I mercilessly mocked the New York Mets for signing R.A. Dickey in the offseason.  To be honest, I was frustrated.  Other teams were out signing pitchers like John Lackey (Red Sox), or trading for others such as Cliff Lee (Mariners), and I was stuck having to deal with the Mets settling for a 35-year-old knuckleballer who had never seen any extended success in the Major Leagues.

Hell, he wasn’t even supposed to be on the Mets 25-man roster, which got me even more ticked off.  Why are we trying to support our Binghamton/Buffalo starting rotations, when our major league rotation is in this type of shape?

Well, Dickey’s 2010 performance has shut me, and likely lots of other ignoramuses similar to myself, right up.  He’s gone 8-5, with an outstanding 2.43 ERA.  Hitters have rarely, if ever, looked comfortable against Dickey’s knuckleball, which he mixes in with a fastball.  FanGraphs.com has Dickey throwing his knuckleball 83.7 percent of the time, with his fastball coming just 16.3 percent of the time he throws a pitch. Dickey’s got a good thing going with his knuckler, he knows it, and he’s taking advantage of it. Continue reading “Mets Cannot Rely on Dickey in 2011”

Preview: Mets at Astros August 18, 2010

New York Mets (59-60) at Houston Astros (52-66) 8:05 pm

R.A. Dickey (8-5 2.43) vs Brett Myers (8-7 3.13)

TV: SNY  Radio: WFAN

What to watch: Hopefully, Dickey can keep the magic going from his 1-hit shutout of the Phillies in his last start. Myers has had a very good season and his last start against the Pirates was 7 innings as 1 run. But he has been hit a few times this year.

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