Shhh. Don’t tell anyone. But R.A. Dickey is quietly approaching a few Mets greats in the team’s record books.
With last night’s 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies, R.A. Dickey recorded his 14th consecutive quality start (minimum of six innings pitched with no more than three earned runs allowed), dating back to last year. It is currently the longest such streak in baseball.
Over the streak, which began last July 25 in Cincinnati when Dickey allowed two earned runs in 6⅔ innings in a 4-2 victory over the Reds, Dickey has been phenomenal. In those 14 starts, Dickey has posted a 2.40 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. However, due to poor run support, he has only received credit for six victories during the skein. How impressive is Dickey’s quality start streak? He’s about to reach rarefied air with it.
In 1985, Dwight Gooden started his Cy Young campaign with 17 consecutive quality starts, a streak that ended on July 4 when he was pulled after 2⅓ innings because of a rain delay (long-...