Here’s a note to opposing teams; leave your bats at home, because they are useless against the New York Mets. Or at least, that seems to be the case when Johan Santana and R.A. Dickey are on the mound. A day after Santana made franchise history by pitching the first no hitter in the club’s existence, R.A. Dickey continued his amazing season by tossing a complete game shutout against the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Santana/Dickey duo represent a 1-2 combo that deserves discussion as being the best in baseball this season.
With this afternoon’s effort R.A. improved to 8-1 on the season and his eight wins not only match his 2010 season total, but they tie him for the MLB lead with Cole Hamels and Lance Lynn (his opponent on the day). The knuckleballer has now won six straight decisions including his last four starts.
Offense does the job:
The Mets didn’t need to do much on the offensive side of the ball but with two hits each, David Wright, Josh Thole, and Daniel Murphy helped New York put five runs on the board, which was more than enough for Dickey. Wright put some icing on the cake in the 9th inning with an opposite field ‘New Citi Jack’ , his sixth homer of the season.
I’m almost dumbfounded by how how RADiculous #43 has been this year and especially of late. He hasn’t allowed a run in his last two starts (16 1/3 innings) and with the stellar performance tonight he and Johan repeated a feat they last accomplished in August of 2010 against Colorado; back-to-back complete game shutouts.
Over his last three starts the Dickster has spun 23 1/3 innings of 1-run ball (0.39 ERA) with an astounding 30:1 K:BB ratio (that is not a typo my friends). Dickey K’d the side in the 8th inning and fell just one strikeout short of becoming the first pitcher with three straight double digit strikeout performances since David Cone in 1992. Fail, however, is not in R.A.’s vocabulary because let’s face it, all he do is win win win no matter what!
With the win today New York keeps pace with the second place Miami Marlins and both teams remain a game behind the Washington Nationals, who defeated the Atlanta Braves behind a strong effort from Stephen Strausberg. At just 1 game behind the Nats in the NL East race, every game has an intensity to it and the Mets will try for a series win tomorrow as Jonathon Niese squares off against Jake Westbrook. LGM!
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