New York Mets (19-21) at Washington Nationals (20-20) 7:05 pm
R.A. Dickey (0-0 -.–) vs Livan Hernandez (4-2 1.46)
TV: SNY Radio: WFAN
What to watch: Dickey makes his big league season debut after pitching really well at Buffalo. He was 4-2 with a 2.23 ERA including 2 complete games and a 1.04 WHIP. You can’t do much better than that. Hernandez is pitching better than we’ve seen from him in years. He beat the Mets on April 11 throwing 7 shutout innings.
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Hisanori Takahashi will start in Jon Niese’s place on Friday night, while R.A. Dickey will start in Perez’s place tonight against the Washington Nationals.
Takahashi has seemed to relish in the long man spot, a la Darren Oliver in 2006 for the Mets, and he should be kept there as he’s been extremely valuable in that spot. R.A. Dickey, who started 14 games in 2008 for the Seattle Mariners, went 5-8 with a 5.21 ERA. Continue reading “Mets Starting Pitching Options – Niese and Perez”
The problem is that Maine shouldn’t be making his next start. He should be headed for the disabled list. Even if it’s a faux injury like Oliver Perez had last season, he should take some time to get himself right at Triple-A Buffalo.
Something is clearly wrong with Maine this season. If you look at the radar gun readings, he just doesn’t have the same velocity that he had in years past. Maybe it’s the bone spur surgery that he had on his shoulder. Maybe he’s injured and doesn’t want to admit it. There’s no way to tell.
In four starts this season Maine has only pitched 16.2 innings and given up 25 hits, including 4 home runs, and 10 walks. His WHIP is a ridiculous 2.10 right now. Right-handed batters are hitting .421 against him. This just can’t continue. Continue reading “Mets’ John Maine should go on Disabled List”
Mariners knuckleballer R.A. Dickey talks about hearing from Tim Wakefield and Charlie Hough in recent days about improving his knuckeball.
Dickey stifles Mets