Mets Game 68: Win Over Orioles
Mets 5 Orioles 0
Just another ho-hum day at the office for lunch pail-toting R.A. Dickey.
Mets Game Notes
It’s a good thing that MLB denied the Mets’ request to turn Dickey’s last start into a no-hitter, or else he wouldn’t have been the first pitcher since 1988 to throw two consecutive one-hitters. The last to do it was Dave Stieb, and I’m old and crotchety enough to remember it. Stieb was dominating in a — ironically — Brandon Morrow sort of way back then; he threw hard gas up and in and a nasty slider. Stieb’s repertoire couldn’t be more different from Dickey’s, but the two pitchers share one characteristic: competitiveness. There was a reason Stieb was the second-winningest pitcher to Jack Morris in the 1980s — like Morris, he had a fire in his belly and wouldn’t think twice about knocking down his mother if that’s what it took to win. Dickey may not knock anyone down with his flutterball, but he has a similar intensity and will to win when on the mound.
With two consecutive one-hit shutouts, 11 wins, and 42 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings, Dickey has been the most dominant pitcher in baseball, and on what may turn out to be an historical ride. If he can toss another 16 scoreless frames, he’ll tie Don Drysdale‘s all-time record. And he’s throwing a knuckleball! I haven’t been this excited about a Mets pitcher since Dwight Gooden burst on the scene in the 1980s. Who ever would have thought that a guy throwing 65-80 MPH could be so electric?
More good news on the night: Ike Davis hit a grand slam homer, extending his hitting streak to nine games and pulling within four percentage points of the Mendoza Line. Is it time to add him to the fantasy team? I won’t, for fear of jinxing his hot streak.
Jordany Valdespin also had a big night, ripping a double and a triple and scoring twice.