Last night was another dominating performance by R.A. Dickey and his pitch of Mass Destruction. It wasn’t so much that Dickey dominated Rays hitters with his dancing knuckler, it was how well orchestrated his whole performance was, so well-choreographed. Dickey is now the George Balanchine of baseball pitchers.
R.A. is now tied with Lance Lynn for most wins in the NL with 10, and 3rd in ERA (2.20) along with 4th in K’s (90) in the pitching Triple Crown stats. With his 32.2 scoreless innings pitched Dickey took over the Mets record for consecutive scoreless innings from Jerry Koosman but so far this season his pitching performance has been Seaver-esque.
Yes it would have been an even more memorable start had David Wright gotten B.J. Upton at first in the first inning but that should not overshadow the masterpiece Dickey constructed last night at the Trop. At no time in this game was Dickey in any peril, he went to a 20 pitch inning just once (in the 1st) after that Dickey was a green energy pitcher , sending the Rays batters back to grab some pine efficiently and quietly. Of the 98 knuckleballs R.A. launched, 73 went for strikes that some hitters took swings at others just stared at but no one stepping in to the batter’s box could figure it out. It showed in the collective attitude of the Rays players, who I’m seemed like they couldn’t wait to get this game over with.
The Mets should forget the appeal of the lone hit in the game, its fine; we’re good with no hitters fifty years when it comes to no hitters. Add in that Matt Cain pitched a perfecto last night, its best leave well enough alone.
Lost in the Dickeymania is the fact the Mets have bounced back yet again this season. Last Sunday evening into last Monday, the Mets fan base was licking the wounds of a three game sweep of the hands of the Bronx Bastards and lynch mob was reading to string up Jon Rauch. Buffalo wasn’t far enough to send Ike Davis and Jason Bay……….OOOO-FAAAAA HHHHHHHH Jason Bay. Today, the bandwagon has lost a bit of the leg room it had a few days ago as the
rats fans have decided time to hop back on.
I’ve been trying to tell you folks, don’t abandon this team. This is the team many of us Mets fans have been screaming for. How many times during Jerry Manuel’s reign of error did we here the cry “play the kids” well many of the kids are here and they are playing their ass off as are the vets, so stop bitchin’ and start enjoyin’.
I’ve never been a fan of Tony LaRussa but by naming Terry Collins as a coach to the NL All-Star team, he has gained my respect and gratitude. It’s a well-deserved for all the hard work TC has done the last two seasons as Mets manager.