Tag: RA Dickey

Mets Game 23: Loss to Astros

Astros 4 Mets 3

So far, it’s shaping up to be a season of many one-run games — low-scoring, one-run games, that is. That means every move, mistake, and clutch hit is magnified. It also means that the Mets have an extremely slim margin for error, and every seemingly little execution is paramount.

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Mets Game 12: Loss to Braves

Braves 14 Mets 6

It didn’t seem so long ago that the Mets were in first place and four games over .500. Then, we’ve collectively blinked, and suddenly the Mets are 7-5, tied for second place with the Braves, and not too far ahead of the third-place Marlins and last-place Phillies.

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Mets Game 7: Win Over Phillies

Mets 5 Phillies 2

The Mets assert their dominance as the NL East leaders and moved back into first place. Well, they were in first for a few hours — until the Nationals beat the Reds and pulled ahead by a half-game. But, with only 155 games left, this is turning into a dead heat for the division.

Mets Game Notes

It’s a really, really good thing the Mets won this game, because if they hadn’t,

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Mets Spring Training Question 4: Who Will Be the Leader?

With four days before pitchers and Molinas report to spring training, the #4 question to be answered in Port St. Lucie comes from my wife:

David Wright is supposed to be the “face of the franchise”, but he seems more of a figurehead than a team leader — and besides, we all know the Mets are going to deal him away by the trading deadline. So if not David, who will jockey for power and take over leadership of this club?

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2011 Analysis: R.A. Dickey

In the winter between 2009 and 2010, Omar Minaya pulled R.A. Dickey off the scrap heap. I made fun of the signing at the time. Much to my — and most others’ — surprise, Dickey got the last laugh, coming out of nowhere to put together a rags-to-riches story of success that seemed more like a Disney movie than reality.

After finishing 2010 as the Mets’ ace, the question for 2011 was, pardon the pun … “can Dickey keep it up?”

While R.A. might not have been as effective in 2011 as he was the season before, his carriage most certainly did not turn into a pumpkin. He regressed from a #1 / #2 starter to more of a middle-of-the-rotation guy, which is still pretty impressive for a 36-year-old whose career seemed to be over a year and a half ago. Dickey made 32 starts and pitched 208 innings, posting a svelte 3.28 ERA and a nifty 1.22 WHIP. He regularly pitched into the seventh inning, and sometimes beyond. While he wasn’t necessarily an “ace”, he gave the Mets a solid chance to win nearly every time he took the mound, and held that opportunity deep into ballgames. He was usually the victim of marginal run support, and as a result was a hard-luck loser more often than not. Remarkably, he did this despite pitching with plantar fasciitis for the majority of the campaign.r On a better offensive team, Dickey might have won 14-16 games, but on the Mets, he was a disappointing and undeserving 8-13.

2012 Projection

At this point I believe we have seen R.A. at his best and his worst, and I believe we now have a reasonable expectation: that he is a durable innings-eater who is good enough to be a #3 starter on a championship team. Considering that he’s a knuckleball pitcher, therefore presumably impervious to the drop in performance that other pitchers his age succumb to, I fully expect R.A. to remain at that #3-type of level. It took him several years to develop command of the knuckleball (or at least, as close as one can get to “commanding” the pitch), and my feeling is that he’ll continue to improve and perfect the pitch. Pencil him in for another 30+ starts, 200 innings, and the kind of performance that would net him 12-15 wins on a good baseball team.

2010 Evaluation of R.A. Dickey

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Mets Game 157: Win Over Phillies

Mets 2 Phillies 1

A huge win for the New York Mets, who pull to within 23 games of first place and one game closer to third with five left to play. If only Bud Selig would consider extending the season by another 30 games, the Mets would still be in it.

Enough of the sarcasm. If nothing else, at least the Mets are entertaining in this final week. We were treated with a near no-no, a dramatic comeback victory starring someone named Valentino, and to top it all off, it was the Phillies who were defeated. Oh, and there’s still another game to play! Can’t really ask for much more on a meaningless September Saturday.

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