Coming into Thursday’s contest with the Miami Marlins, the New York Mets had lost nine straight home games for the first time since 2004. The team was coming off a 13-run drumming on Wednesday night in which former shortstop Jose Reyes extended his career best hitting streak to 26 games. That’s what R.A. Dickey had at his back when he took the mound to start the game this afternoon, but when he walked off after another brilliant complete game performance, things were different. The losing streak was over and so too was Jose’s hitting streak as the Mets defeated the Marlins by a score of 6-1.
With the victory R.A. became the NL’s first 15-game winner, tying him with the Angels Jered Weaver for the major league lead, and his fourth complete game of the season is also a National League best.
R.A.’s 10 K’s today helped him tally his sixth double-digit strikeout game of the season, once again tops in the NL. Dickey now needs just two more 10+ strikeout games to tie David Cone for the most by a Mets pitcher since 1992.
It doesn’t really matter where he pitches or who he faces, Dickey has been consistently awesome all season long and the Cy Young talks are more than merited. Home, away, night, day……it’s all the same for the Mets ace as he just continues to win and for me there’s no other player I’d rather watch take the mound in all of baseball.
If I’m able to make it to just one more game this year I’d save my money for a game that R.A. Dickey was pitching and that’s just not something I thought I’d every say two years ago…..but I’m happy things change. Dickey is humble yet almost heroic in what he’s done for the Mets and their fans this season and I truly hope he can be the one to bring the club it’s first Cy Young award in over 25 years!
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