We don’t need to scream from the back of the Dickey congregation any longer. He’s been found by all at this point. It’s simply awesome to watch. A knuckleballer that’s captivating any baseball fan worth his salt. The story is amazing. But, more impressively, the pitching is amazing. Dickey’s array of knucklers is dazzling. The fast one. The slower one. The super-slow one.
In each start, he seems completely in command, controlling all of the knuckleball versions and making them dance as he’d like. The master puppeteer, artfully choreographing one breathtaking performance after another.
Sure, he’s also throwing the fastball for strikes – a pitch that is becoming increasingly effective as it continues to be juxtaposed against tumbling non-spinning knuckleballs of a dizzying variety. But it’s the always-intriguing knuckleball that has everyone mesmerized (and batters baffled).
To here him talk about, it seems so simple. Yet, nobody in recent history has mastered the usually tough-to-tame pitch to such a dominant degree. Let’s get the lesson from R.A.
P.S. Whatever you’re doing, sir, please keep doing it.
As much as I can’t stand it when I have to sludge through a game on FOX, they did a pretty cool thing on Twitter yesterday. They had people tweet in who they thought should start the All-Star Game for the National League. The overwhelming NATIONAL response was for our very own R.A. Dickey, beating out both our favorite crybaby Cole Hamels and Cardinals’ hot...
Baffling the League
Tonight, the New York Mets beat the Baltimore Orioles by a score of 4-0, but the real talk is of the amazing story of R.A. Dickey. With his one-hit shut-out, Dickey became the first MLB pitcher to throw back-to-back one-hitters since Dave Stieb, of the Toronto Blue Jays, completed the feat in 1988. The accomplishment had not been done in the National League since...
R.A. Dickey's story is an incredible one. The veteran right-hander has seen ups and downs at every juncture of his life, but it's safe to assume he's never seen a peak this high. The Mets knuckleballer has found himself as a pitcher while throwing what some consider a gimmick pitch, and he's throwing it better than he ever has this year. Dickey has been relatively...
R.A. Dickey became the first major league pitcher in 24 years to throw consecutive one-hitters and Ike Davis hit a grand slam to lead the New York Mets past the Baltimore Orioles 5-0 on Monday night.
Coming off a one-hit gem at Tampa Bay last Wednesday, the knuckleballer struck out a career-high 13 and allowed only Wilson Betemit's clean single in the fifth inning.
R.A. Dickey leads the Majors in strikeouts. He has more than Stephen Strasburg, more than Justin Verlander, more than Gio Gonzalez. Nobody in baseball has generated as many strike threes as R.A. Dickey. Since he has never done anything like this before — his next strikeout will actually match his 2010 total — people are asking him what he’s doing differently. After his...
Kirk Nieuwenhuis CF
Jordany Valdespin 2B
David Wright 3B
Lucas Duda RF
Ike Davis 1B
Scott Hairston LF
Josh Thole C
Omar Quintanilla SS
R.A. Dickey RHP
The Mets are on a real streak kick. They got swept. Then they swept. Then they got swept again. Anyway, the Mets hope the pendulum swings back in their favor tonight as they start a series with the Baltimore Orioles...
NEW YORK -- Immediately after R.A. Dickey completed his latest masterpiece Monday night, the Citi Field scoreboard flashed a picture of Dickey along with the phrase "Really Awesome." "Really Absurd" might be the better phrase. Dickey continued a dynamic run of pitching that almost defies description Monday by throwing his second straight one-hitter to lead...
After an impressive weekend where Jason Hammel and Wei-Yin Chen pitched back-to-back shutouts in down in Atlanta, they ventured up to New York to continue their interleague swing. The Orioles faced the Mets on Monday night, and the tables got turned on them in terms of their situation over the weekend.
R.J. Dickey – who started for the Mets on Monday – has been on a roll, and...
The Orioles made a go of it in New York yesterday, but came up just short. Getting swept while only scoring 3 runs in the three game series is pretty bad (though you do have to tip your cap to the Mets' pitching staff - especially RA Dickey, who is one of the best stories in baseball this year). With Adam Jones no longer hitting the cover off the ball - just .268/.307/.408 with...
Over his last two outings, R.A. Dickey has thrown back-to-back one-hit shutouts, striking out 25 batters over that span. Over his last seven starts, he’s posted a remarkable 71:6 K:BB ratio over 54.2 innings. Dickey also hasn’t allowed an earned run over his past 43.0 innings during one of the best stretches any starter has had in the history of baseball. He currently sports...
In many ways, Ike Davis' grand slam in the Mets' 5-0 victory over the Orioles on Monday was even more meaningful than R.A. Dickey's second consecutive one-hitter. The Mets have amazingly come to expect this sort of production from Dickey, who has allowed one hit over his last 17 innings and no earned runs over his last 42 2/3. But they have not come to expect anything...
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