Dickey To 18 Wins! Mets Win 6-2

R.A. Dickey had a great outing, notching his 18th win of the season, and the Mets offense showed up today in their 6-2 win.

R.A. Dickey took the hill today in the rubber game, and was strong through six and two-third innings. Dickey allowed eight hits and two runs, while walking one and striking out five. R.A. gave up three of his eight hits in his final inning of work so the line looks a bit skewed. The only major blemish was the HR he allowed to opposing pitcher and “Mr. Curveball” Adam Wainwright

The bullpen continued its strong play, with Josh Edgin, Jon Rauch and Frank Francisco combining for two and one-third scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out two batters. It is a shame that the bullpen came together late and for the most part struggled in the middle of the season

The offense struck early, with a Josh Thole RBI single in the second inning. Lucas Duda would walk with the bases loaded for the second RBI, in the third inning. Ike Davis would continue his hot play since the ASB, hitting a three-run homer in the fifth inning. Andres Torres added an insurance run in the eighth inning on an RBI single.

The Mets offense was aggressive today, striking out 13 times over the course of the game, but the aggressive approach did pay dividends early, knocking out Wainwright by the fifth inning.

Game Notes:

Ike Davis hit his 26th homer of the season, and is at a solid pace to hit 30 home runs this season, and has an outside shot at 90-100 RBI. If that happens, the only remembrance of a horrible first two months would be his batting average

Josh Thole was 2 for 4, and while any hitting is good at the moment, he is in a position he has never been in before. At this point, all of his value is tied into his rapport catching R.A. Dickey.

Justin Turner was 2 for 4 on the day, spelling David Wright and raising his season average to .289.

Player Of The Game: Who else? R.A. Dickey. Not his finest outing, but he has raised his own standard so high that allowing two runs in less than seven innings is just “good”

On Deck: The Mets will have Thursday off, but travel home Friday to begin a series against the Atlanta Braves at 7:10 P.M. Jonathon Niese (10-8, 3.55) will take the mound against Paul Maholm (11-9, 3.79)