It's probably no surprise that R.A. Dickey's masterpiece one-hitter against the Rays was overshadowed by Matt Cain's perfect game against Houston on Wednesday night. Throughout his career, Dickey -- a 37-year-old retread who relies on an outdated pitch -- has been largely dismissed as a gimmick.
But that profile is changing in a hurry, as Dickey is plowing through National League lineups with stunning efficiency. The Mets' right-hander isn't just winning games, he's taunting hitters with a knuckleball that's decidedly New Age in its speed and trajectory.
Remember the Phil Niekro-like floaters of yesteryear? Dickey throws that, at 62 mph, but he also supercharges his knuckler to the tune of 81 mph. That, coupled with a surprisingly respectable 85-mph four-seam fastball, puts hitters on the defensive from the minute they step in the box: They have no idea what's coming, or at what velocity.
The result has turned Dickey into a 10-game winner -- and David Wright speaks the truth when...