R.A. Dickey, a 35-year old pitcher who has bounced around the minor leagues is continuing to put on a human highlight reel each time he takes the mound recently. Dickey started throwing the knuckleball two seasons ago and he appears to have mastered the art. After last night’s performance, he becomes the first pitcher in MLB history to allow no earned runs and strike out at least eight batters in five consecutive starts.
Dickey tossed his second consecutive one-hitter last evening, shutting out the Baltimore Orioles and striking out 13 along the way. Dickey one hit the Tampa Bay Rays last week, and in all honesty as someone who watched that game, he should have been awarded a no-hitter. The “hit” awarded to CF B.J. Upton should have been charged as an error by the Mets third baseman.Dickey improves his record to 11-1.
How dominant has Dickey been during his run? Let’s look at the numbers-
He is the first pitcher to throw back-to-back complete games since Dave Stieb achieved the feat in 1988. He has not allowed an earned run in 42 2/3 innings and is right behind Dwight Gooden (49 IP) for the all-time Mets record. He has won nine straight decisions. Tied in the majors with a 2.00 ERA.
The Elias Sports Bureau is reporting that Dickey is the first pitcher since 1900 to allow 1 or fewer runs, strike out 50+ batters and walk 5 or less batters in a five game stretch. In his last six starts, his game log is equally impressive. 6-0, 0.18 ERA, 63 K’s, 5BB and a .131 BA against.
This has been the first feel good story of the summer for the game of baseball and this incredible run he’s been on has been great for the Mets. It will fun to watch this streak and see how far he can continue this sensational run.