Found June 13, 2012 on Fox Sports Florida:
Another dazzling performance could land R.A. Dickey in the New York Mets' record books. Getting at least a win should make him the first pitcher in the majors to reach double digits. Dickey looks to continue his outright dominance by extending his improbable scoreless streak Wednesday night when the Mets face David Price and the Tampa Bay Rays. Dickey (9-1, 2.44 ERA) hasn't been charged with a loss since a visit to Atlanta on April 18, going 7-0 with a 1.55 ERA while holding opponents to a .195 average in his last nine starts. The right-handed knuckleballer has been especially brilliant while winning each of his last four trips to the mound, allowing one run in 30 2-3 innings while striking out 38 and walking three. That includes an active streak of 24 2-3 straight scoreless innings, the longest such streak for the Mets (33-29) since Mike Pelfrey went 27 in 2010. The team record is held by Jerry Koosman, who had a run of 31 2-3 shutout innings in 1973. Dickey got closer to those streaks with another stellar effort in a 3-1 victory at Washington on Thursday. He lasted 7 1-3 scoreless innings while yielding four hits and fanning eight to surpass his win total from 32 starts last season. "Literally, when I go out there, the only streak I care about is getting that hitter out," Dickey said. "It doesn't change the mentality because there's a run of scoreless innings. "I'm getting more swings and misses. Other than that, I'm not doing anything differently. I'm trying to induce them into hitting pieces of the ball, not getting solid contact." That mentality might be one reason Dickey is in an unlikely tie for the most wins in the majors with St. Louis' Lance Lynn, who is scheduled to start an hour later Wednesday against the Chicago White Sox. Dickey is making a start at Tampa Bay (35-26) for the first time since a loss with Texas on May 13, 2004. He may feel more confident about getting win No. 10 after watching the Mets pound out 14 hits in an 11-2 win over the Rays on Tuesday, opening this three-game set with their biggest offensive output of the season. New York had a .199 average while scoring 23 runs during a 1-6 stretch prior to Tuesday's outburst. Another strong performance at the plate will likely be much more difficult when they face Price (8-3, 2.40) for the first time. The left-hander has won four of five home starts behind a 0.96 ERA. That dominance continued with a 5-0 win versus Baltimore on June 1, when he allowed four hits in 7 1-3 innings. Price followed that up six days later by battling through five innings at Yankee Stadium with 109 pitches, giving up one run and three hits with eight strikeouts and four walks in a 7-3 win. "David was outstanding. He only threw five innings, but it was almost like he threw a complete game," manager Joe Maddon said. Price may face rookie Jordany Valdespin, who was used as a designated hitter Tuesday by Mets manager Terry Collins. That move resulted in a pair of hits and four RBIs. Ike Davis is also looking to build on a surprising offensive effort, getting two hits with a homer and three RBIs. The first baseman has four hits in his last three games to see his season average jump 16 points to .174.

R.A. Dickey: One (Ace) of a kind

While Johan Santana and his pitching of the Mets’ first ever no-hitter rightfully captivated the area and had Mets’ fans practically worshiping him at his feet, it has been the pitching of one R.A. Dickey that is becoming the story this year for the Mets. In case you haven’t heard, Dickey has been pretty good this year. Good doesn’t even begin to describe the roll Dickey...

RA Dickey – From Journeyman to “The Man”

Professional sports, especially baseball, have a way of sensationalizing the efforts of millionaires.  These folks are after all only human, but even still there are times when things just seem too good to be true.  Take for instance the career path of RA Dickey.  I would call his time with the Mets a resurgence,  but that would give the impression that Dickey has done this before...

Dickey’s Recent Stretch Ranks Among The Best In Mets History

Earlier today, my MMO colleague, Clayton Collier wrote a piece on last night’s start by R.A. Dickey being the best by a Met this year.  (I agree with his statement.)  For those who are not aware, on Wednesday night, Dickey was in complete control of his craft.  He pitched his second complete game of the season, struck out a career-high 12 batters and set a Mets’ franchise...

R.A. Dickey brilliant in one-hit victory

The New York Mets made it two-in-a-row against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday evening with a 9-1 victory: R.A. Dickey started for NY and was simply…awesome. In his most dominant performance of the season, the knuckle baller allowed just one-hit, while striking out a career-high 12 batters, en-route to becoming the first Major League starter to reach 10 victories on the year: The...

R.A. Dickey’s Recent Stretch Ranks Among The Best In Mets History

Earlier today, my MMO colleague, Clayton Collier wrote a piece on last night’s start by R.A. Dickey being the best by a Met this year.  (I agree with his statement.)  For those who are not aware, on Wednesday night, Dickey was in complete control of his craft.  He pitched his second complete game of the season, struck out a career-high 12 batters and set a Mets’ franchise...

R.A. Dickeylous! Robert Allen One-Hits the Rays!

R.A. Dickey might just be the best pitcher in baseball right now. Dickey was brilliant on Wednesday night, twirling nine innings of one-hit ball while walking no one and striking out a career-high 12. The merit of the one-hit the Rays did get — a grounder down the third base line that David Wright could’ve gloved but instead tried to barehand and muffed, allowing B.J. Upton to...

Mets appeal seeking no-hitter for Dickey

Mets' knuckleballer R.A. Dickey's Wednesday pitching line is about as good as it gets -- CG, 0 ER, 12 K, 1 hit. It's the last item the Mets want reviewed by MLB, filing an official appeal of a first-inning play ruled an infield hit. Third baseman David Wright tried to barehand the ball off the bat of B.J. Upton and was unable to field it cleanly. Joe Torre, executive...

Yet another great performance by Dickey

David Wright described it as "a different level." Terry Collins called it "truly amazing." No matter how you describe it, R.A. Dickey's run of success has been nothing short of remarkable. The knuckleballer added to it Wednesday against the Rays, holding them to one hit and one unearned run in a complete-game victory. As a result, Dickey not only won his...

On Bryce Harper, A-Rod, R.A. Dickey, no-hitters, and clown questions

As a note in preparation for the upcoming Yankees-Nationals series, I have to say that I'm digging Bryce Harper as a player, and as an interview. He gave that idiot Canadian reporter's question about drinking a beer the answer it deserved: “That’s a clown question, bro.” I'm going to start using that phrase as an answer to everything. Hear that, Squawker Jon? That...

New York Mets Will Not Let Fans Quit on 2012

Try as you may, this 2012 New York Mets team will not let you quit on them.  It seems to be a theme, especially since this team has been labeled ‘overachievers’ all season long.  That kind of label makes people wonder when everything will come crashing down and the Mets will be the cellar dwellers most experts predicted out of Spring.  Now I’m not saying there haven’t...

Dickey allows just one hit -- barely -- in win over Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- New York Mets manager Terry Collins thinks R.A. Dickey threw a no-hitter Wednesday, and he will make an appeal to Major League Baseball to have the feat recognized. Mets third baseman David Wright said he was trying to make the only play he thought he had -- barehanded -- against the speedy B.J. Upton, but he'll gladly take the error. Dickey said it...

Daily Bite: June 14, 2012

Matt Cain, R.A. Dickey and the proliferation of pitching history. Daily Bite: June 14, 2012

Game Preview: Mets @ Rays 7:10 PM EDT

The New York Mets (33-29) will take on the Tampa Bay Rays (35-26) tonight at Tropicana Stadium in, Tampa Bay. First pitch will be at 7:10 PM EDT. Tonight’s Lineups: #Mets Wednesday lineup at TB: Torres-8, Murphy-4, Wright-5, Hairston-9, Bay-7, Rottino-DH, Davis-3, Nickeas-2, Quintanilla-6, Dickey-1 — New York Mets (@Mets) June 13, 2012 Tampa Bay Rays 1) Desmond Jennings LF 2...
MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.