Originally posted on Full Spectrum Baseball  |  Last updated 7/4/12

If the Yankees are like the post office, “Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail shall” impede their inevitable playoff run, the Mets are like the Cyclone at Coney Island. Sweep…Get Swept…Sweep…Get Swept. I hope Mets fans aren’t susceptible to motion sickness. I sure am.

Currently, the Mets are approaching the lifthill.

R.A. Dickey (apparently the ace of my FSBB Fantasy Baseball Team) attempts to become the first 12-game winner in the major leagues Friday, when he leads the New York Mets into the second installment of a four-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Dickey has been one of the biggest surprises of the season and is 9-0 with a sparkling 1.64 earned run average in 12 starts since his only loss of the season back on April 18 at Atlanta. The Mets are 10-2 over that stretch with Dickey on the hill. Although he did not record a decision in Sunday night’s 6-5 debacle to the New York Yankees at Citi Field, that’s still an earned run average to make you look twice.

The right-handed knuckleball specialist allowed five runs, the most since giving up eight to the Braves a few months ago, in six innings. Dickey is still 11-1 in 15 starts with a 2.31 ERA. He owns a 5-1 record in seven road assignments, but is 0-1 with a 2.13 ERA in two career starts against the Dodgers. Dickey has made one career start at Dodger Stadium, but with this roller coaster ride of a season, the Mets are currently on an upswing. All bets are off.

New York opened this series with last night’s 3-2 win thanks to Andres Torres‘ RBI double in the top of the fifth inning. David Wright homered and drove in two runs and has eight RBI in his last three games for the Mets, who stopped a four-game slide on Wednesday with a win over the Cubs and have prevailed in six of their last 10 games.

Mets starter Chris Young gave up two runs on six hits with six strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings for the win. “It was fun with the pitching matchup, but I wanted to win the game,” said Young. “My slider is getting sharper, but it’s still a work in progress. I want to be better and I’ll keep working hard to give my team a chance to win.”

The Mets are 3 1/2 games off the top spot in the National League East. The Dodgers, a roller coaster ride within and of themselves, is mired in a five-game losing streak and lost the lead in the NL West, as it sits a game behind San Francisco. The Dodgers were held scoreless in a three-game sweep at the hands of the Giants before returning home for a six-game residency last night. Dodgers starter Chris Capuano lost for the first time in five starts and gave up three runs on five hits with five strikeouts over seven innings.

New York won five of seven meetings with the Dodgers last season.

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