NEW YORK METS: R.A. Dickey Tops Jerry Koosman; Pitches 32.2 Consecutive Scoreless Innings
Setting a New Club Record.
Dickey Pitches the Amazins 36th One-Hitter in Club History.
That's another team in which the Mets left a bewildered look on their manager's face. The Mets' two game offensive assault unleashed upon Tampa pitching so far has been something bordering Amazin', because of the unconventional manner in which they continue to string rallies together.
This has been Mets Baseball:
They lead the National League in striking out, yet remain number two in walks. They do not have any team speed, ranking fifteenth in stolen bases. And their lack of power has already been well documented. They are still thirteenth in the circuit in home runs.
In these last two games versus the Rays, the Mets have scored twenty runs, and have amassed twenty-eight hits, and the only home run came of Ike Davis' bat in Game One. But these Mets sure can hit doubles though! They rank number one in the National League in two-baggers. That has managed to help them score the fourth most runs in the circuit. Ike Davis doubled Wednesday night. And it was the second consecutive game he hit a pea to right. Perhaps better days for him are finally arriving.
Wednesday night, they knocked Tampa's David Price out of the box. So there's the legitimacy needed to qualify what they are doing. As a matter of fact, the Mets have outlasted, or beat, most of the top flight starters they've faced this season. But that would inevitably lead me into a conversation about the bullpen..., and that's not what this post is about.
Six different Mets drove in runs Wednesday night. And it is a cornucopia of inexperienced players which continue to make these wins happen at a rate of fifty-four percent. That's not great. But it's certainly not too shabby. And what is truly Amazin' is the stat SNY flashed during the game. Half the runs the Mets have scored this season have come with two outs.
You can't ask for a better response after getting swept in the Bronx last weekend. But Met fans got one in R.A. Dickey's one-hitter anyway.
If what the Mets are doing with their bats is Amazin, then what R.A. Dickey is doing is flat out Mets' Magic. I'm not really interested about the questionable official scoring on the ball hit to David Wright, which in the end, marred what could have been the Mets' second no-hitter of the month and not the club's thirty-sixth one-hitter in history. Instead, there is too much to be happy about with regards to R.A. Dickey's performance this season.
In the course of R.A. Dickey's second career one-hitter, he pitched 32.2 consecutive scoreless innings to break Jerry Koosman's club record which stood since the 1973 season. Wednesday night was also R.A's eighth consecutive win, and his tenth this season, which ties him for the MLB lead. In his last five games, he has an 0.23 ERA, and his season ERA of 2.20, is down from 3.75 back on May 17th.
The Mets will try and complete a series sweep of the Rays on Thursday.
Let's Go Mets!