Mets Chat Room: Dickey goes for club record.

Game #71 vs. Tigers

When things looked bleak for the Mets about a month ago, with three of their starters out of the rotation, the Mets brought up knuckleballer R.A. Dickey from Triple-A Buffalo to make a spot start.

He hasn’t left the rotation since, and it’s not hard to imagine where the Mets would be without in 5-0 record and 2.82 ERA.

Tonight he’ll be vying to become the first Mets starter to win his first six decisions with the team, and the first Met to go 6-0 since Mike Pelfrey in 2008.

Dickey was on the ropes in his last start at Cleveland, but was able to make an in-inning adjustment to hold on for the victory.

The adjustment came at the suggestion of pitching coach Dan Warthen, who told Dickey to light a fire under the butterfly.

“I had runners on second and third and he came out and encouraged me to throw the hard one,’’ Dickey said.  “It’s about 4, 5 mph harder than my comfort-zone knuckler. It was a good step in my evolution, learning to adjust in-game.’’

It’s a risky adjustment for a knuckleballer to make because there’s always the possibility the extra push could force the pitch to spin out into a slow fat batting practice fastball.

42 thoughts on “Mets Chat Room: Dickey goes for club record.

  1. (1) No man ever truly masters his short game on a golf course — and Johan is no exception.

  2. Hi John –
    (3) After the Tiger Woods fiasco, I think most people have TMZ bookmarked.

    Here goes Reyes again :)

  3. Any sign of Jerry Seinfeld? I’ve got Howie doing play by play as usual -

  4. Maybe he’ll spend some time with Howie and Wayne, too while he’s there.

  5. John (22) I was too – I remember a Nadal, Federer final match at Wimbledon a couple of years ago that ended in darkness. I believe Nadal beat Federer for the first time that day.

  6. John – I saw some of the soccer and was surprised to see Bill Clinton in attendance. He’s everywhere these days while his wife is working.

  7. I’m very happy to see Reyes playing so well and with such excitement. He hasn’t always been able to do that. He’s just like a little kid these days.

  8. Keith Olbermann is interviewing Mia Hamm about today’s soccer match. She’s a better athlete than her husband – Nomar Garciaparra. She won World Cup matches twice.

  9. John – (27) Doesn’t Boston have a knuckleball pitcher? I forget his name.

  10. Jenrry Mejia allowed a run on two hits and two walks with three strikeouts in a Double-A game. He threw 45 pitches in his first minor league start.-JD

  11. They are taking out Dickey who is working on a four-hit shutout. Only 97 pitches and he’s a knuckleballer. I don’t understand this one.-JD

  12. I don’t either – these are the type of calls that make me crazy. What’s a few more pitches?

  13. Someone – probably Howie said that the Mets are going to Puerto Rico to play, but I didn’t get when that would happen. Do you know?

  14. Howie has put this game “In The Books” and it was great – pitched by RA Dickey a knuckleballer.

    These teams meet again tomorrow night – same time, same place.

    See you then…

  15. A QUICK WRAP/Game #71

    FINAL: Mets 5, Tigers 0.
    RECORD: 41-30.
    THUMBNAIL ANALYSIS: RA Dickey was superb with eight shutout innings in running his record to 6-0.
    ON THE MOUND: Twice Dickey stranded a Tiger at third base.
    AT THE PLATE: David Wright had a RBI double. … Reyes fell a double shy of the cycle. … Ike Davis drove in two with a seventh-inning single.
    IN THE FIELD: Davis turned a diving catch of a bunt into a DP to end the second.
    LOOKING AHEAD: Hisanori Takahashi starts the series finale.-JD

  16. I have big issues with why he took Dickey out. if he needed the work so badly why didnt he pitch the other day?
    Bull. Dickey has been pitching great with little drama.
    M&M has little consistency for rewarding good play. it gets tiring. I love that this team has turned it on. but the manager stays the same..

  17. Gotta love the Dickster. Keep riding the Dickey until he softens up…at least that’s what my ex gf told me once. ;-)

  18. yeah but M&M loves to perform interruptus. He was pitching perfect and well wighin his limit. why take him out? why didnt he use him KRod yesterday? Its all BS.
    yes we won, yes i am happy, but when i pitcher earns the complete and he is within his pitch count. why not?