Thursday, June 24, 2010
Robert Alan "R. A." Dickey = Knuckleball Greatness
Last night Met fans were treated to a stellar pitching performance by Robert Alan Dickey. This comes as no surprise to me or the rest of the Kool-Aid staff who expect outings like this when R.A. takes the hill. He dazzled batters with his fastball in the early innings when his knuckleball wasn't sharp and came back strong with the knuckleball in the later innings to completely baffle the Tigers. He pitched 8 innings of shutout ball against one of the hottest teams in the American League (which the Mets currently own) and could have easily gone for a complete game shutout. Mr. Dickey also blanked Miguel Cabrera (0-3 against R.A.) who is one of the best hitters (if not the best) in the MLB.
Dickey is now 6-0 with a 2.33 ERA, and more importantly the Mets are 6-1 when he takes the mound. Here is a fun fact for you: the most runs he has given up this year is 4 (all earned) in 7 innings to the Brewers in a game in which he won. Pretty good for guy who was a Spring Training after thought.
When called upon this year to fill in for clubhouse cancers such as John Maine and Oliver Perez, R.A. Dickey and Hisanori Takahasi (leave him for another post) have delivered big time. R.A. is doing what all good pitchers do when they take the hill and that is throw strikes, which is something that can't be said about Maine or Perez. This is a man who saw an opportunity to turn his career around and he took and ran with it. I believe he is another player who embodies the spirit of the 2010 edition of the Mets which is hard working/fun loving team.