RA Dickey remains one of the few positives in a season that has turned negative. In a little less than a month the Mets have gone from two games behind Atlanta to 7 ½ games, plus eight back in the wild card race.
A 6-16 slide will do that to a team.
The Mets have already lost their first must-win game of this series and will give the ball to Dickey tonight and hopes he can keep their slim hopes alive.
Dickey has been brilliant since joining the rotation, giving up three earned runs or less in 12 of 14 starts. Like most Mets pitchers, Dickey has been a victim of non-support, getting three runs or less six times.
With a little help, Dickey, who made his first start May 19, could have as many, or more, wins than Mike Pelfrey.
“He does a tremendous job,’’ manager Jerry Manuel said. “He right now seems to get through the lineup two or three times relatively easy. And, that’s tough to do at this level – for anybody.’’
At 35, Dickey was brought in as a stop gap, but has been so good that it is hard to imagine him out of the rotation next year.
Next year, it seems, is getting closer and closer.