Originally written April 18, 2012 on Metstradamus:
If there was any doubt that it all starts with pitching, especially starting pitching, then look back at the last two games. First Johan Santana tanked. Today, R.A. Dickey gives up eight runs in four and a third to send the Mets to their second straight loss. It's a shame to bang out fourteen hits, score six and lose. But when your starter can't come up with a quality start, and your entire staff gives up two touchdowns to a team that couldn't hit the broadside of the Great Wall of China before this series, that's what is going to happen. Dickey has been so good for so long, having had a long streak of quality starts snapped with this rain filled outing. Perhaps it was the rain. Perhaps it was Dickey's game plan for a wet ball, as he said post game. But the relievers weren't so hot either. The Braves relievers, who had to pick up for Jair Jurrjens (predictably), did a better job than the Mets' relievers did.I thought the key to the game was the sixth inni...
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