Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 6/13/12
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.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Horry believes Lakers will distance themselves from LaVar Ball

Report: Bulls trade Jimmy Butler to Minnesota for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, No. 7 pick

Top 10 takeaways from the 2017 NBA Draft

John Calipari thinks the one-and-done system is working just fine

Luke Walton responds to LaVar Ball saying Lonzo will lead Lakers to playoffs

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Spurs, Cavs trade talks now include LaMarcus Aldridge

LaVar Ball says ‘Zeus and Jesus’ told him Lonzo would go to Lakers

Cavs are reportedly talking about a trade for Danny Green with Spurs

Kings reportedly showing major interest in Andre Drummond

WATCH: George Springer exits game after HBP

Chiefs part ways with GM John Dorsey

Sports & Politics Intersect: Washington gets a rare win

The 'NBA Draft going back to school?' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Gary Payton Award for best trash talk of the year

It’s quarterback contract silly season, starting with Derek Carr

Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

2017 NBA Mock Draft

Box Score 6/22: Emotion-filled Knight for Pens fans, Preds fans... and Knicks fans

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

The 'Golden Knights will begin with a Fleury of activity' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Ricky Davis Award for most irrationally confident shooter

It's time for Satchel Paige Day in Major League Baseball

Which vets the Vegas Golden Knights should build around

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!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Sports & Politics Intersect: Washington gets a rare win

The 'NBA Draft going back to school?' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Gary Payton Award for best trash talk of the year

It’s quarterback contract silly season, starting with Derek Carr

The 'Golden Knights will begin with a Fleury of activity' quiz

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Ricky Davis Award for most irrationally confident shooter

It's time for Satchel Paige Day in MLB

Which vets the Vegas Golden Knights should build around

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker