Originally written July 05, 2012 on Metstradamus:
So it wasn't the sweep I had hoped for. But two out of three with a two-out rally is the next best thing. And I'll gladly take it. The first thing to realize is that while R.A. Dickey's numbers will look like solid line drives in the boxscore, a bunch of the eleven hits he gave up tonight were bloops and bleeders. It was a combination of Dickey having an off night with the control of his knuckler, and partly because of the good approach that the Phillies had. The bloops were bloops. But the bleeders were up the middle. That's a team not trying to do too much (like perhaps the Rays might have done) except putting the bat on the ball. Begrudgingly, I give them credit.(And by the way, if Tony La Russa makes his decision about whether R.A. Dickey starts the all-star game because of the most recent game rather than his entire body of work, then he's a bigger joker than I thought.)But Dickey gets the lions share of the credit. It's easy to pitch one-hitters. Har...
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