Is 18th Win Of The Season In The Cards This Afternoon For R.A. Dickey?

An article by posted on September 5, 2012

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 • 1:45 PM

Busch Stadium • St. Louis, MO

R.A. Dickey (17-4, 2.63) vs Adam Wainwright (13-11, 3.90)

The Dickey Files

R.A. Dickey is tied for the major league lead with 17 wins. Dickey is fourth in the majors and second in the National League with a 2.63 ERA and he is sixth in the majors and third in the NL with 190 strikeouts. Dickey is seeking to become the first Mets pitcher to reach 18 wins since Frank Viola (20-12) and Dwight Gooden (19-7) both accomplished the feat in 1990.

The Mets knuckleballer has pitched 7.0 innings or more and allowed one or fewer runs 15 times this season. Dwight Gooden holds the franchise record with 18 such starts in 1985. Dickey’s total is the most in the National League this year and one behind Seattle’s Felix Hernandez for the major league lead. Bob Gibson’s 24 such starts in 1968 for St. Louis is the most in major league history since 1918.

Dickey also leads the NL with five complete games. Only Justin Verlander (six) has more this year. Dickey’s five complete games are the most in a single season by a Mets pitcher since 1993, when Dwight Gooden tossed seven.

Dickey shut out the Marlins, 3-0, in his last start on August 31. It was his third shutout this year, the most in the NL and the most by a Mets pitcher since David Cone recorded five shutouts in 1992.

Starting Lineup

  1. Mike Baxter – RF
  2. Ruben Tejada – SS
  3. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  4. Ike Davis – 1B
  5. Lucas Duda – LF
  6. Justin Turner – 3B
  7. Josh Thole – C
  8. Andres Torres – CF
  9. R.A. Dickey – RHP

Game Preview

The Mets and Cardinals play an afternoon game today as R.A. Dickey gets the nod against Adam Wainwright. Dickey is 17-4 on the season with a 2.63 ERA over 191.1 innings and 190 strikeouts. Dickey was amazing in his last start as he held his opponents to 5 hits in a complete game shutout. On top of that he has a 0.78 ERA in his last three starts. Earlier this season he held the Cardinals to 7 hits in a complete game shutout. The Cardinals have the following numbers against Dickey:

Beltran 5-18, 2B, HR
Holliday 3-10, 2B
Jay 1-5, 2B
Molina 2-7
Freese 0-6

Adam Wainwright is 13-11 over 27 starts and 168.2 innings with an ERA of 3.90. His last start was a rough one as he allowed 6 ER in 2.2 innings of work. Against the Mets this year he allowed 7 ER over 6.1 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Adam:

Bay 6-18, 2B
Cedeno 6-19, 2B
Wright 1-9, 2B
Davis 1-5
Thole 0-4
Duda 1-2, HR

Let’s Go Mets!

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My name is Elliot and I’ve been writing the Game Preview posts at MMO since 2008. I am excited to be back sharing my thoughts with you. When I’m not watching the Mets, I’m a Physics Teacher in Newark, NJ and writing about the Mets at 213 Miles From Shea. LGM!

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