Originally posted on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 8/21/12

New York Mets starter, R.A. Dickey tossed seven innings allowing just one run on x hits while striking out x on Monday night, but his efforts were rewarded with a no-decision as the Mets, once again, struggled to put up runs lossing for the fifth time in their last seven games:

After a Mike Baxter double, a intentional walk to David Wright, and a five-pitch walk to Daniel Murphy, the Mets  loaded the bases with 2-outs in the bottom half of the eighth inning.  With the Rockies turning to right-hander Matt Belisle, Mets manager Terry Collins countered with the left-handed swinging, Jordany Valdespin.  Vladespin ripped a a grounder that was gloved by first baseman Tyler Colvin, who’s toss to Belisle just beat out the hustling Valdespin to end the Mets only real threat of putting some runs on the board. Following the 3-1 loss, Collins told reporters his club just isn’t hitting, saying:

 

“We aren’t hitting. We aren’t getting any hits. We had one run. R.A. gave it his best effort.”

With the Mets out of contention and becoming more and more unwatchable with each passing day, Dickey’s quest for 20 wins is all us fans have left to hope for.  He has become one of the few bright spots — if not the only bright spot — of the 2012 season.  R.A.’s dominance this year certainly puts him in contention for the National League Cy Young Award, with Cincinnati Reds starter Johnny Cueto.  His seven inning, one earned run effort marked the 13th start of the season in which he tossed at least seven innings while allowing one or fewer runs; tops in the National League.  Following the game, he spoke about getting to 16 wins first, saying:

“I want to get to 16 wins, and however I can do that is what I’m interested in. That’s my only concern, my only thought, is the process of how to win No. 16 on Saturday, and it does not go beyond that.”

 In 25 starts this year, Dickey is 15-4 ranked among the NL leaders in Wins, ERA, and strikeouts:

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