How do you follow a no-hitter? With the next best thing – a complete game shutout by R.A. Dickey.
Oh man, is it good to be a Mets fan right now or what?
Dickey had one hell of a task this afternoon – he had to follow the single best pitching performance in Mets history against a pretty good Cardinal team led by our ex-CFer, Carlos Beltran. He jokingly said in the post-game interviews last night that Hefner was going out here today because he did not want to take the mound after a no hitter. Heaven knows why, because a beautiful pitching performance was backed with one that no one will complain about – a complete game 7 hitter. Dickey walked none and struck out 9 by baffling the Cardinals all afternoon. They never had a chance. Exactly 100 pitches today, too, so no pitch count problems either.
The Cardinals did most of the work for the Mets on offense today as they only had one RBI hit on the day – a David Wright opposite field HR in the 8th. A fielding error by Matt Adams on an RA Dickey grounder, followed by two RBI groundouts (Kirk and Torres), gave the Mets three runs in the second. Daniel Murphy scored in the seventh on a wild pitch with RA at the plate. Opposing starter Lance Lynn walked 4 and allowed 5 hits in this one, which led to his early exit.
The Mets turned three DPs in this one, including one in the ninth, which put Dickey on the fast track to a great start.
Hero Of The Game
It has to be our Dickey in a box, man.
Future All-Star R.A. Dickey sparkled in the sun today. Check out these numbers: 8 – 1 , 2.69 E.R.A. 17:70 BB:K ratio, 1.06 WHIP in 73.2 innings for the man. His strike ratio today was 73:27.
Wright picked up his nineteenth double and his sixth HR today for a 2-hit day, raising his average to .369. 2-hit day for Thole and Murphy too.
I am being Captain Obvious here, but we have back to back shutouts.
We apparently never lose when our starter goes 7 innings plus. Is it 15-0?
Niese looks to build on the two shutouts and add one of his own against the Cardinals tomorrow evening at 8:05, where he will be opposed by Jake Westbrook. Niese, like Dickey, has also flirted with a no-hitter in his lifetime, so hope for the best? I cannot help but hope. LGM!