The Mets limp home tonight from their 2-4 road trip to face the Florida Marlins at Citi Field, with knuckleballer R.A. Dickey going against Anibal Sanchez.
Dickey has been surprisingly good since he was brought up from Class AAA Buffalo, May 19, going 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA. He did it against Washington, Philadelphia and Milwaukee, all three possessing strong offenses.
“He battles,’’ manager Jerry Manuel said. “I think he deserves another shot, no doubt about it. In all of his starts he’s given us a chance to win. When you get that, you’ve got to keep going with it.’’
Since beating the Marlins on Opening Day, the Mets have lost six straight games to them. Something has to give because the Mets have won their last five at home and 15 of 19.
It has been a busy day for the Mets, placed Luis Castillo on the disabled list with a bone bruise, and recalled infielder Ruben Tejada. The Mets also designated for assignment outfielder Gary Matthews Jr., and brought up catcher Omir Santos.
The Mets’ explanation for bringing up a third catcher is because Henry Blanco was banged up, but evidently not enough to go on the disabled list.