Last year’s feel good story is feeling his lumps this summer. Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey salvaged the rotation when Oliver Perez was shut down, but has hardly been a surprise this year.
Dickey, tonight’s starter against Atlanta, is 5-9 with a respectable 3.77 ERA – a sign he’s not getting much support – but has two victories to show for his last ten starts.
Dickey often manages to give the Mets innings, going at least six innings in 17 of his 22 starts.
Here’s tonight’s lineup against the Braves:
Jose Reyes, SS
Justin Turner, 2B
Daniel Murphy, RF
David Wright, 3B
Angel Pagan, CF
Jason Bay, LF
Lucas Duda, RF
Josh Thole, C
R.A. Dickey, RP
NOTEBOOK: As suggested here earlier, the news isn’t encouraging for Ike Davis, who said microfracture surgery is an option. Davis will get another non-Mets opinion Tuesday. Meanwhile, Sandy Alderson said the plan is wait at least another month before deciding what to do. It would give Davis one more month of recovery and rehab if the surgery was done now. February will be quicker than you think.
Johan Santana is with the team during the home stand, but will not throw.